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The governor's dilemma (2020)

indirect governance beyond principals and agents

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Abstract

'The Governor's Dilemma' develops a general theory of indirect governance based on the tradeoff between governor control and intermediary competence; the empirical chapters apply that theory to a diverse range of cases encompassing both international relations and comparative politics. The theoretical framework paper starts from the observation that virtually all governance is indirect, carried out through intermediaries. But governors in indirect governance relationships face a dilemma: competent intermediaries gain power from the competencies they contribute, making them difficult to control, while efforts to control intermediary behavor limit important intermediary competencies, including expertise, credibility, and legitimacy. Thus, governors can obtain either high intermediary competence or strong control, but not both.

Keywords

Governors, Delegation of powers, Separation of powers, Powers and duties

Languages

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

9780191889028

Pages

320

DOI

10.1093/oso/9780198855057.001.0001

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