Adapting the agency concept: Variations within the 'Next Steps

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Authors:
  • F. Gains
  • Christopher Pollit (Editor)
  • Colin Talbot (Editor)
  • [Unknown] X. (Editor)


As chapter one outlines, the establishment of ‘Next Steps’ agencies is an idea that has been widely diffused and some form of the agency concept operates in many anglophone and non-anglophone countries. Yet, despite the popularity and simplicity of the agency idea, the implementation and operation of the agency concept appears to differ markedly both within and across countries. This raises theoretical questions about how new governance arrangements are transmitted and introduced. It is also of empirical interest for those in the public sector charged with understanding and implementing changes of this nature.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnbundled Government: A critical analysis of the Global Trend to Agencies, Quangos and Contractualisation
EditorsChristopher Pollitt, Colin Talbot
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781134379798
Publication statusPublished - 2003