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Counter Designing Bureaucracies examines the connection between bureaucratic designs and public policy outcomes. It analyses the role that internal structure plays in generating capacity for programme enactment, and the effects that particular design changes have upon bureaucratic performance. Focusing principally on the role of entrepreneurial bureaucracies in shaping large-scale, high risk public policies, the author demonstrates how policy innovations so often owe their success or failure to differences in administrative design. While the book draws on the considerable scholarship that links organisational structure and strategic outcomes, it goes beyond this to explore the complexities of strategic-structural relationships in public bureaucracies. The analysis is supported by a case study of Canada's energy bureaucracy, and the implementation of the controversial National Energy Programme in response to the energy crises of the 1970s.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Bureaucracy Canada, Energy policy Canada, Organizational effectiveness, Canada, Dept, of Energy, Mines and Resources, Canada Politics and government 1945-1980