The Small Independent Agency: Commentaries in Organizational Behavior

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organizational behavior, small independent agency, legislation, government, public policy


Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences


This paper is not concerned with big federal regulatory agencies, nor with independent boards having separate taxing powers (like a school board or a special district) but rather with the concept of a growing phenomenon on the governmental scene: the "small independent agency". By "small" is meant small in terms of budget and number of personnel in comparison with the rest of the government of which it is a part. By "independent" is meant that the agency is responsible directly to the Chief Executive or to its own board, although we shall see that there are commonly some constraints upon this nominal autonomy. By "agency" is meant an instrumentality with the expertise necessary to perform specialized assignments which are regarded as outside the scope of existing organizational units.

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