Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government / Edition 1

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A seminal figure in the field of public management, Mark Moore presents his summation of fifteen years of research, observation, and teaching about what public sector executives should do to improve the performance of public enterprises. Useful for both practicing public executives and those who teach them, this book explicates some of the richest of several hundred cases used at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and illuminates their broader lessons for government managers. Moore addresses four questions that have long bedeviled public administration: What should citizens and their representatives expect and demand from public executives? What sources can public managers consult to learn what is valuable for them to produce? How should public managers cope with inconsistent and fickle political mandates? How can public managers find room to innovate?

Moore's answers respond to the well-understood difficulties of managing public enterprises in modern society by recommending specific, concrete changes in the practices of individual public managers: how they envision what is valuable to produce, how they engage their political overseers, and how they deliver services and fulfill obligations to clients. Following Moore's cases, we witness dilemmas faced by a cross section of public managers--William Ruckelshaus and the Environmental Protection Agency, Jerome Miller and the Department of Youth Services, Miles Mahoney and the Park Plaza Redevelopment Project, David Sencer and the swine flu scare, Lee Brown and the Houston Police Department, Harry Spence and the Boston Housing Authority. Their work, together with Moore's analysis, reveals how public managers can achieve their true goal of producing public value.

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Editorial Reviews

National Journal
If you haven't been able to slip out to Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government for the latest in public management training, Mark Moore's book...will bring you up to speed.
Future Survey
[An] important argument to counter the image of the rigid bureaucrat, with case studies of youth services, a library, a redevelopment project, a police department, and a housing authority.
Basing extended and thoughtful analyses and comments on a series of cases in managing an assortment of federal, state, and local public agencies (libraries, the EPA, a department of child and youth services, a redevelopment agency, the Center for Disease Control, a housing authority, and a police department), Kennedy School professor Mark Moore seeks to expand the traditional bureaucratic conceptions of public administration.
Hale Champion
This is at once the most broadly thoughtful and specifically useful book I've read in the field of public management.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674175587
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 343,878
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark H. Moore is Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Herbert A. Simon Professor of Education, Management, and Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.
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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
      • Purposes
      • Sources and Methods
      • Tests

  • Part I. Envisioning Public Value
    • 1. Managerial Imagination
      • The Town Librarian and the Latchkey Children
      • Public Managers and Public Management
      • An Alternative Approach to Public Administration

    • 2. Defining Public Value
      • The Aim of Managerial Work
      • Different Standards for Reckoning Public Value
      • Municipal Sanitation: An Example
      • Toward a Managerial View of Public Value

    • 3. Organizational Strategy in the Public Sector
      • William Ruckeishaus and the Environmental Protection Agency
      • Jerome Miller and the Department of Youth Services
      • Managerial Discretion and Leadership in the Public Sector
      • Defining Mission and Goals in the Private Sector
      • Defining Mission and Goals in the Public Sector
      • The Mission of the EPA: Pollution Abatement
      • The Mission of DYS: Humanizing the Treatment of Children
      • The Managerial Utility of Mission Statements
      • Evaluative Criteria for Organizational Strategies

  • Part II. Building Support and Legitimacy
    • 4. Mobilizing Support, Legitimacy, and Coproduction: The Functions of Political Management
      • Miles Mahoney and Park Plaza
      • David Sencer and the Threat of Swine flu
      • Political Management: A Key Managerial Function
      • Who Is Important in Political Management
      • Combining Diverse Interests and Values
      • The Dynamics of the Authorizing Environment
      • The Challenge of Political Management

    • 5. Advocacy, Negotiation, and Leadership: The Techniques of Political Management
      • Mahoney’s Initiatives
      • Sencer’s Initiatives
      • Evaluation
      • The Ethics and Techniques of Political Management
      • Entrepreneurial Advocacy
      • Managing Policy Development
      • Negotiation
      • Public Deliberation, Social Learning, and Leadership
      • Public Sector Marketing and Strategic Communication
      • Helping to Define and Produce Public Value

  • Part III. Delivering Public Value
    • 6. Reengineering Public Sector Production: The Function of Operational Management
      • Harry Spence and the Boston Housing Authority
      • Lee Brown and the Houston Police Department
      • The Function of Operational Management
      • Defining Organizational Mission and Product
      • Redesigning Production Processes
      • Using Administrative Systems to Influence Operations
      • Innovating and Capitalizing
      • From Diagnosis to Intervention

    • 7. Implementing Strategy: The Techniques of Operational Management
      • Spence: Rehabilitating Public Housing in Boston
      • Brown: Exploring the Frontiers of Policing
      • Reengineering Organizations: What Strategic Managers Think and Do
      • Acting in a Stream

    • Conclusion: Acting for a Divided, Uncertain Society
      • Ethical Challenges of Public Leadership
      • Psychological Challenges of Public Leadership

  • Notes
  • Index

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