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The Hierarchical Consequences of Reinvention

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

March 2006

Political reorganizations like that of the National Performance Review in the United States fundamentally alter hierarchical relations within public agencies. This study includes a set of formal exercises to examine two logical consequences of reinvention: the increased likelihood of coordination failures, and the reduction in political leaders' hierarchical status in the organization. These effects are discussed in the context of a substantial change in the public organization of health services: the alteration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' structure. This study shows that reinvention fundamentally alters the power and status of political appointees, the standing of top leadership, and the likelihood of conflict resolution within the organization.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: Hierarchy, Agency, Political Control, Conflict Resolution, Reorganization

JEL Classification: H11, H83

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Date posted: March 10, 2006  

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Whitford, Andrew B., The Hierarchical Consequences of Reinvention (March 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=888753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.888753

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University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )
Athens, GA 30602
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