government agency coordination research

I was recently asked about research that addresses the issues government agency coordination. What stands out on this topic?

Written by fabiorojas

July 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

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  1. Definitely Laumann and Knoke’s Organizational State, which laid the groundwork for the policy domains approach. One of my favorite treatments of government agencies.

    In the third chapter of my dissertation, I looked at federal advisory committees attached to each agency. I found the literature on FACs to be pretty slim. And even my work only looks at agency coordination in an implied way, based on interlocking directorates.

    Would love to hear more about what is out there.


    Scott Dolan

    July 29, 2011 at 12:20 am

  2. Herbert Simon had quite a few, nice pieces in Public Administration Review (though I haven’t read them in years: some dealt with coordination issues I believe) –



    July 29, 2011 at 12:36 am

  3. Vivek Chibber has some pretty good stuff on this.



    July 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  4. Do you mean the challenges of coordination among agencies? If so, here’s a recent ethnography of DHS by an anthropologist: Under Construction: Making Homeland Security at the Local Level by Kerry B. Fosher.



    July 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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