Thinking about Bureaucracy: Mises versus Niskanen
AbstractIn this paper, I oppose the Misesian insight on the problem of bureaucracy to the theory of Niskanen. Assuming that bureaucracy is merely a symptom of a more serious disease – namely socialism – the Misesian perspective is an analysis of the economic, political, and psychological consequences of the incentives and constraints that bureaucrats face. Niskanen’s analysis focuses on the characteristics of the political environment in which bureaucrats act. Applying the Public Choice theory to the study of bureaucratic behavior, Niskanen shows that bureaucrats have a strong incentive to try to maximize the bureau’s budget.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest in its journal Romanian Economic Journal.
Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
Issue (Month): 34 ((4))
Austrian economics; Public Choice; public sector economics; bureaucracy;
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