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Policy Without Politicians: Bureaucratic Influence in Comparative Perspective

Edward C. Page


Have bureaucrats taken over the decision-making role of politicians? This book offers a direct assessment of the role of bureaucrats in policy-making by analysing how they shape policy in making decrees—laws that generally do not pass through full legislative scrutiny. These are often described as ‘secondary legislation’ and are known by a variety of names (including décrets, arrêtés, administrative regulations, Verordnungen, statutory instruments). Such decrees offer an important vantage point for understanding bureaucratic power not only because they account for a large proportion of policy- ... More

Keywords: bureaucracy, France, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, European Union, European Commission, policy-making, secondary legislation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645138
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward C. Page, author
Sidney and Beatrice Webb Professor of Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science