BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EXPENDITURES AND STATE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

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Abstract

The authors present a study on expenditures by state mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability agencies in the United States for the period between 1981 and 1993. The relationship between agency spending and organizational structure of state bureaucracy was examined. Results indicate that organizational structure is a determinant of agency spending. The more independent an agency, the higher its spending; conversely, the more independent its competitor, the lower the agency's spending. The number of levels between an agency and the governor's office was not significant in explaining agency expenditures.

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