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Bureaucratic Discretion in Policy Implementation : The Case of Adjudicating Juveniles as Adults in Florida

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2008
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The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the use of bureaucratic discretion by juvenile prosecutors and identify various factors influencing discretion in the implementation of juvenile transfer provision laws in Florida. The study contributes to the sparse literature on bureaucratic discretion by providing a framework of the factors influencing discretion. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used in the case study of Florida. The dissertation embraces the idea of methodological pluralism by combining the findings of extensive interviews conducted with chief juvenile prosecutors along with descriptive analyses of archival data garnered from Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). This research is important since it provides essential policy information through the various factors that emerge from the study. The findings of the study provide greater insight into understanding how bureaucrats make decisions and could prove useful in explaining various policy outcomes resulting from the use of discretion in public organizations. The findings of the research indicate that the discretion of chief juvenile prosecutors is influenced by a number of factors, including organizational factors, external influences, client attributes, and characteristics of the bureaucrat.
Title: Bureaucratic Discretion in Policy Implementation : The Case of Adjudicating Juveniles as Adults in Florida.
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Name(s): Schrouder, Sandra M., author
Leip, Leslie A., Thesis Advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2008
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 198 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The purpose of this dissertation is to explore the use of bureaucratic discretion by juvenile prosecutors and identify various factors influencing discretion in the implementation of juvenile transfer provision laws in Florida. The study contributes to the sparse literature on bureaucratic discretion by providing a framework of the factors influencing discretion. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used in the case study of Florida. The dissertation embraces the idea of methodological pluralism by combining the findings of extensive interviews conducted with chief juvenile prosecutors along with descriptive analyses of archival data garnered from Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). This research is important since it provides essential policy information through the various factors that emerge from the study. The findings of the study provide greater insight into understanding how bureaucrats make decisions and could prove useful in explaining various policy outcomes resulting from the use of discretion in public organizations. The findings of the research indicate that the discretion of chief juvenile prosecutors is influenced by a number of factors, including organizational factors, external influences, client attributes, and characteristics of the bureaucrat.
Identifier: FA00000612 (IID)
Note(s): Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2008.
Subject(s): Juvenile justice, Administration of--Florida
Transfer of cause--Florida
Prosecution--Florida--Decision making
Law--Political aspects
Administrative discretion
Judicial discretion
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