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By Cristopher Ballinas Valdés

Argues that independent organisations will not be the results of a scientific layout, yet are produced by means of the interactions of political and bureaucratic forces. The case experiences illustrate how political struggles among politicians and bureaucrats can create a clutter of organizations that lack coherence and are topic to conflicting degrees of political keep an eye on.

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1987, 1989) stress that specific bureaucratic structures of the American agencies emerge as a set of ex ante legislative controls, a way for legislators to ensure that their favoured policies are properly implemented by public agencies. 57 There is a common basis to these arguments. It is usually taken for granted that both executives and bureaucrats have no direct role in A Power-Centred Framework for Empirical Analysis 27 institutional design, and that agency design is an exclusive faculty of the legislative branch.

7 Analysis and measures of its conceptualisation have been varied, with a clear overlapping among the concepts and classification of autonomy. Studies differ concerning the variables and measures of autonomy. Some studies have focused on the formal-legal aspect that could help to measure managerial autonomy. Other studies have developed more elaborate concepts and measures of autonomy. In some cases, the analysis is qualitative, using normative arguments, while in others it is quantitative, aggregating data to create autonomy indexes.

For illustrative reasons, I have decided to assign the index a range from 0 (minimal political intervention or maximal autonomy) to 1 (full political intervention or minimal autonomy). e. personnel, resources and financial controls) counts for one-third of the total index. 15 This also avoids distortions when comparing heterogeneous agencies. In addition, as can be seen in our narrative of the case studies, politicians and bureaucrats tried to move their preferences through single statutes rather than a complex matrix of these.

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