Contesting Public Sector Reforms: Critical Perspectives; International Debates

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This collection provides a critical and international analysis of the public sector through theoretical debates, empirical issues and regional studies. It begins by reassessing the public choice theoretical paradigm, the implications of New Public Management, the current crisis of democracy and ways of mediating market pressures. It then investigates recent developments in ethics, service provision, industrial relations and the nature of work, before examining critical issues in countries and regions from both ...

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Overview

This collection provides a critical and international analysis of the public sector through theoretical debates, empirical issues and regional studies. It begins by reassessing the public choice theoretical paradigm, the implications of New Public Management, the current crisis of democracy and ways of mediating market pressures. It then investigates recent developments in ethics, service provision, industrial relations and the nature of work, before examining critical issues in countries and regions from both the developed and developing world, and reflecting on the way forward.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403904300
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2004
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Pauline Dibben is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the Middlesex University Business School.

Geoffrey Wood is Professor of Comparative Human Resource Management at Middlesex University.

Ian Roper is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the Middlesex University Business School.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Public Sector Management and the Neo-Liberal Hegemony—P.Dibben, I.Roper & G.Wood
Part One: Public Sector Reform: Theoretical Debates
• Public Choice, the Public Sector and the Market: The Sound of One Hand Clapping?—A.Van den Berg
• New Public Management: Marketization, Managerialism and Consumerism—P.Dibben & P.Higgins
• Uneasy Partners: Democratization and New Public Management in Developing Countries—B.Baker
• Taming the Market: Co-ordination of Economic Activity at Multiple Spatial Levels—J.Rogers Hollingsworth
Part Two: Public Sector Reforms: Issues and Practices
• Ethics and the New Public Management: Challenges and Alternatives—G.Wood
• Mechanisms and Values in the Delivery of a Patchwork of Public Services—J.Harrow
• Industrial Relations in the Public Sector: Collective Bargaining Reform and the Issue of Convergence—P.James
• Managing Quality in Public Services: Some Distinct Implications for the Reorganization of Work—I.Roper
Part Threee: Public Sector Management: Regional and National Studies
• Canadian Public Management Developments—Z.Lonti & A.Verma
• Hollowing and Hardening New Zealand's Homely State—R.Gregory
• New Public Management and Europeanization: Convergence or Nestedness?—G.Wood
• Recruiting and Training the New Cadre: Reform of the Civil Service in the People's Republic of China—J.Liu & J.Wang
• Contradictions Confronting New Public Management in Johannesburg: The Rise and Fall of Municipal Water Commercialization—P.Bond
• Latin America: Globalization Democracy and State Reform—R.Munck
• Public Administration and the Management of Socio-Economic Development in Developing Countries: Some Trends and Comparisons—M.Wallis
• Conclusion: Towards the Revitalization of the Public?—G.Wood & I.Roper

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