Senator Edwards is not alone in observing a lack of accountability in America’s
democracy. Indeed, both popular and academic media offer considerable support for
this sentiment. The popular Cable News Network (CNN) criticized “government, big
business, and special interest groups” for enriching themselves at the expense of the
common electorate and characterized elected offices as “accountability free zones”
while arguing that “our government no longer works for us.”2 Important scholars
like John Matsusaka have added weight to this type of argument.
Fifteen years have passed since the publication of the fi rst edition of the Handbook of Bureaucracy
in 1994. Given that this period has been marked by an intense global movement of antibureaucracy,
antigovernment, and antipublic service and administration, the following questions are
quite natural: Why do we need another book on bureaucracy now? Does bureaucracy still matter?
Th e answer to these challenging questions is that despite this intense negative attitude toward
bureaucracy, global interest in the fi rst edition of this book has been overwhelming.
THE main issue in present-day social and political conflicts is
whether or not man should give away freedom, private initiative,
and individual responsibility and surrender to the
guardianship of a gigantic apparatus of compulsion and coercion,
the socialist state.
If one sociological literature woke me up to new independent variables of interest
to labor economists, another alerted me to new dependent variables – in particular, to a
wealth of new aspects of organizational design and performance that economists could
explore and perhaps explain.
This book is an analysis of the relations of state, religion and politics
in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It represents research and
reflection at various times over the period of a decade, and a growing
conviction that religion-state relations need to be studied from a
comparative and historical point of view.
The central focus is the important position Hindu temples occupy
in modern Tamil Nadu politics, and the state's role in regulating and
The political-economy considerations could thus be very important. But at the same time their
relevance is likely to depend very much on other aspects of the institutional design of each central
bank. The impact of central bank finances on policy performance may thus be far from
straightforward and linear. It is therefore ultimately an empirical question whether any such link
exists, and – if it does – how strong it is, and whether it can be offset by other institutional or
Unfortunately, the empirical evidence on these crucial questions is scarce.
Law and Administration has never been simply a textbook of administrative
law. As its title signifi es, our primary objective in writing it was to further the
study of law in the context of public administration and politics: the ‘law in
context’ approach. We need to remind the contemporary reader that the fi rst
edition refl ected an era of legal formalism when the study of case law, largely
divorced from its social context, was seen as the be-all-and-end-all of legal