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Innovation, Bureaucracy, and Public Policy: A Study of Innovation Adoption by Local Government

Richard D. Bingham
The Western Political Quarterly
Vol. 31, No. 2 (Jun., 1978), pp. 178-205
DOI: 10.2307/447811
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/447811
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Innovation, Bureaucracy, and Public Policy: A Study of Innovation Adoption by Local Government
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Abstract

The adoption of innovations by housing authorities, school districts, public libraries, and municipal governments was examined in an attempt to identify factors which lead to innovation adoption by local government and to study the process of adoption. A model of the determinants of innovation adoption was developed and tested with mixed results. A substantial difference in the explanatory power of the model was found between product and process innovations. Differences in the adoption patterns of some of the innovations further suggest a need-amenity typology. The findings also indicate that the primary attributes of the organization are significant determinants of innovation adoption.

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