Burdened by Bureaucracy? Determinants of Administrative Intensity in Public Organisations

George A. Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier

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    Abstract

    Why does the level of administrative intensity-the bureaucratic component of the workforce-vary across public organisations? We address this question by developing and testing a model that is derived from structural contingency theory and public choice theory. The results show that administrative intensity is higher in small organisations, in turbulent external environments, and in organisations with big budgets. Furthermore, we find that the impact of organisational size is nonlinear, that large size mitigates the effects of turbulence, and that administrative intensity is a cause as well as an effect of bigger budgets. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)307-327
    Number of pages21
    JournalInternational Public Management Journal
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    Early online date15 Aug 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Burdened by Bureaucracy? Determinants of Administrative Intensity in Public Organisations. / Boyne, George A.; Meier, Kenneth J.

    In: International Public Management Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2013, p. 307-327.

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