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Changing budgeting administration in international organizations: budgetary pressures, complex principals and administrative leadership

Book Chapter

Changing budgeting administration in international organizations: budgetary pressures, complex principals and administrative leadership

by Ronny Patz & Klaus H. Goetz

in: Knill, Christoph; Bauer, Michael; Eckhard, Steffen (eds.) International Bureaucracies: Challenges and Lessons for Public Administration Research (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

About the book:

"This book applies established analytical concepts such as influence, authority, administrative styles, autonomy, budgeting and multilevel administration to the study of international bureaucracies and their political environment. It reflects on the commonalities and differences between national and international administrations and carefully constructs the impact of international administrative tools on policy making. The book shows how the study of international bureaucracies can fertilize interdisciplinary discourse, in particular between International Relations, Comparative Government and Public Administration. The book makes a forceful argument for Public Administration to take on the challenge of internationalization."

Chapter abstract:

"This chapter combines insights from Comparative Public Administration (CPA) and International Relations (IRs) to explain change in the administrative organization and procedures of budgeting in international organizations (IOs). Such changes are typically triggered by budgetary pressures, but the form they take is decisively influenced by the constellation of principals and the reactions of administrative leaders. International public administrations (IPAs) often confront non-unified, complex principals that send ambiguous budgetary signals to the administration. Depending on whether administrative leaders are guided by budget-maximizing or bureau-shaping motivations, different adaptations in administrative structures and procedures for budgeting and resource mobilization result. We illustrate our argument with reference to three UN agencies, ILO, UNESCO and WHO."