Advancing Public Management: New Developments in Theory, Methods and Practice / Edition 1

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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 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: 9780878408597
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Services
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,309,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.79 (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



1. Introduction: Public Management in an Era of Complexity and Challenge Jeffrey L. Brudney, Lawrence J. O'Toole, Jr., and Hal G. Rainey, University of Georgia

Part I: A Symposium: In Government, Does Management Matter

Introduction to Part I Lawrence E. Lynn, Jr., University of Chicago

2. Different Public Managements? Implications of Structural Context in Hierarchies and Networks Lawrence J. O'Toole, Jr., University of Georgia

3. Is Silly Putty Manageable? Looking for the Links between Culture, Management and Context Anne M. Khademian 4. Public Management, Administrative Leadership, and Policy Choice Thomas H. Hammond, Michigan State University, and Jack H. Knott, University of Illinois

Part II: Methodological Frontiers in Understanding Public Management

5. Optimal Performance versus Risk Aversion: An Application of Substantively Weighted Analytical Techniques Kenneth J. Meier, Texas A&M University, Jeff Gill, California Polytechnic University, and George Waller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

6. The Art of Partnering across Sectors: The Influence of Centrality Strategies of State R&D Projects Gordon Kingsley, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Julia Melkers, Georgia State University

7. Stories from the Front Lines of Public Managment: Street-Level Workers as Responsible Actors Steven Maynard-Moody, University of Kansas, and Suzanne Leland, Kansas State University Part III: Reform, Reinvention, Innovation and Change

8. Making Sense of Change Eugene B. McGregor, Jr., Indiana University

9. Local Heroes? Reinvention Labs in the Department of Defense Mark T. Green, University of Colorado at Denver, Lawrence R. Jones, Naval Postgraduate School, and Fred Thompson, Willamette University

10. Reforming State Social Services through Contracting: Linking Implementation and Organizational Culture Barbara S. Romzek and Jocelyn M. Johnston, University of Kansas

11. Quasi Markets and Strategic Change in Public Organizations James R. Thompson, University of Illinois-Chicago

Part IV: Models and Frameworks: New Approaches to Public Management

12. Organizational Configurations: Four Approaches to Public Sector Management Nancy C. Roberts, Naval Postgraduate School

13. Dissecting the Black Box: Toward a Model and Measures of Government Management Performance Patricia W. Ingraham and Amy E. Kneedler, Syracuse University

14. Concluding Perspectives Jeffrey L. Brudney, Lawrence J. O'Toole, Jr., and Hal G. Rainey, University of Georgia

Biographies of Authors



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