Controllership in the Public Sector
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 547-571, 1986
25 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2008
Ineffective controllership is, perhaps, the most common managerial failure found in the public sector. This failure affects outcomes and achievements in every area of public policy - often profoundly. Controllers design and operate management-control systems. The effectiveness of alternative control-system designs depends upon technology - the cost and production behavior of the good or service in question. But public-sector control strategies are often poorly aligned with circumstances. As a consequence, public programs are too often simultaneously over controlled and out of control.
Keywords: budgeting, organizational process, mechanism design, alignment, incentives, agents, sequential decisions
JEL Classification: H61, H72, D71, D72, D73
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