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BUREAUCRAT POLITICKING: AN EXAMINATION OF LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS AND THEIR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

dc.contributor.advisorMorris, Irwinen_US
dc.contributor.authorElligers, Julia Johen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-07T06:32:30Z
dc.date.available2015-02-07T06:32:30Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2S32K
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/16263
dc.description.abstractBased on a model of bureaucrat politicking, this study investigates how local health officials, as political actors, secure financial resources to ensure their local health departments can meet the needs of their constituents. The model draws from theories of bureaucracies, public administration, and community power and describes administrating, advocating, co-learning, and politicking behaviors bureaucrats employ as leaders of local government agencies. The model of bureaucrat politicking generates a series of hypotheses that describe how bureaucrat behavior can affect elected official budget appropriations. I hypothesize that politicking will result in more resources for bureaucrats than administrating, advocating, or co-learning. Secondarily, I hypothesize that co-learning will result in more resources than advocating or administrating. Co-learning is predicted to have a greater affect than advocating because a bureaucrat will be leveraging electoral pressures via constituent engagement. In addition, administrating behavior will result in the fewest resources of the four behavior types. I examine the behaviors of local health officials to uncover how the model of bureaucrat politicking plays out in practice. Results from in-depth interviews with ten local health officials from around the country illustrate how local bureaucrats demonstrate administrating, advocating, co-learning, and politicking behaviors. Ordinary least square regression analyses using survey data mainly from the National Association of County and City Health Officials' National Profile of Local Health Departments study support my hypotheses.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleBUREAUCRAT POLITICKING: AN EXAMINATION OF LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS AND THEIR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTSen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentGovernment and Politicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPublic healthen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPublic administrationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledbureaucracyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledgovernmental public healthen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlocal health departmenten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlocal health officialen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledpolitickingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledpublic healthen_US


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