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The Environmental Protection Agency: Structuring Motivation in a Green Bureaucracy - Conflict Between Regulatory Style and Cultural Identity

By: Robert McMahon

Sussex Academic Press

Hardback | Jan 2006 | #156844 | ISBN: 1903900697
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By utilising the lenses of institutions and culture -- examining the relationship between regulator and regulated, dominant regulatory style, and interaction with the institutions of government -- this book challenges the contemporary wisdom that recommends holistic and integrated institutional forms that result in the decimation of existing cultural identifications. No sense of bureaucratic mission can be established where cultural identifications have been destroyed, regardless of the ingenuity of the institutional form adopted. The absence of such bureaucratic mission results in green bureaucracies that are likely to fail in the pursuit of organisational goals. Examining motivations shows why cultural identifications within an organisation must be congruent with institutional structures so that these identifications can be established.


The EPA -- The Historical and Political Context; The Institutional Structure of the EPA; The Cultural Schism within the EPA; The Reinvention of the EPA; Creating the Environmental Agency; The Institutional Structure of the Environmental Agency; Culture Clash in the Environmental Agency; Index.

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Robert McMahon is Lecturer in Politics at St John's College, Oxford. He holds an MA and M.Phil. from New College, Oxford and a DPhil from Nuffield College, Oxford. Rob worked as a Policy Analyst at HM Treasury from 1999 to 2001 dealing with transport spending and then poverty analysis. Rob teaches courses on US and UK government, political sociology and comparative government at Trinity College, Oxford.

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