Advancing Public Management: New Developments in Theory, Methods and Practice

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Public management involves leading, coordinating, and stimulating public agencies and programs to deliver excellent performance. Research and practice of public management have developed rapidly in recent years, drawing on the fields of public policy, public administration, and business management. In carrying out their crucial roles in shaping what government delivers, public managers today must confront daunting challenges imposed by shifting policy agendas, constrained financial resources combined with with ...

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Overview

Public management involves leading, coordinating, and stimulating public agencies and programs to deliver excellent performance. Research and practice of public management have developed rapidly in recent years, drawing on the fields of public policy, public administration, and business management. In carrying out their crucial roles in shaping what government delivers, public managers today must confront daunting challenges imposed by shifting policy agendas, constrained financial resources combined with with constant public demands for a rich array of public services, and increasing interdependence among public, private, and third-sector institutions and actors. At the same time, these challenges and other developments offer exciting opportunities for improving knowledge and practice in public management, for the benefit of everyone. In this volume, leading scholars contribute advances in the theory, methods, and practice in this burgeoning field.

The selections address four key topics:-The nature and impact of public management;-Creative new methods for public management research;-Reform, reinvention, innovation, and change;-New models and frameworks for understanding and improving public management

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878407606
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey L. Brudney, Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr., and Hal G. Rainey are professors of political science and public administration at the University of Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements xi
Chapter 1 Introduction: Public Management in an Era of Complexity and Challenge 1
Part I A Symposium: In Government, Does Management Matter?
Introduction to Part I 15
Chapter 2 Different Public Managements? Implications of Structural Context in Hierarchies and Networks 19
Chapter 3 Is Silly Putty Manageable? Looking for the Links between Culture, Management, and Context 33
Chapter 4 Public Management, Administrative Leadership, and Policy Choice 49
Part II Methodological Frontiers in Understanding Public Management
Chapter 5 Optimal Performance versus Risk Aversion: An Application of Substantively Weighted Analytical Techniques 77
Chapter 6 The Art of Partnering across Sectors: The Influence of Centrality Strategies of State R & D Projects 97
Chapter 7 Stories from the Front Lines of Public Management: Street-Level Workers as Responsible Actors 109
Part III Reform, Reinvention, Innovation, and Change
Chapter 8 Making Sense of Change 127
Chapter 9 Local Heroes? Reinvention Labs in the Department of Defense 153
Chapter 10 Reforming State Social Services through Contracting: Linking Implementation and Organizational Culture 173
Chapter 11 Quasi Markets and Strategic Change in Public Organizations 197
Part IV Models and Frameworks: New Approaches to Public Management
Chapter 12 Organizational Configurations: Four Approaches to Public Sector Management 217
Chapter 13 Dissecting the Black Box: Toward a Model and Measures of Government Management Performance 235
Chapter 14 Concluding Perspectives 253
Biographies of Authors 261
Bibliography 269
Index 297
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