Learning from the International Public Management Reform -A, Volume 11: Part A / Edition 1

Learning from the International Public Management Reform -A, Volume 11: Part A / Edition 1

by Jones L. R. Jones, L. R. Jones, P. Steane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0762307595

ISBN-13: 9780762307593

Pub. Date: 03/05/2001

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

Governments around the world are criticized as inefficient, ineffective, too large, too costly, overly bureaucratic, overburdened by unnecessary rules, unresponsive to public needs, secretive, undemocratic, invasive into rights of citizens, self-serving, and failing in provision of the quantity and quality of services desired by the taxpaying public. Fiscal stress has…  See more details below

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Governments around the world are criticized as inefficient, ineffective, too large, too costly, overly bureaucratic, overburdened by unnecessary rules, unresponsive to public needs, secretive, undemocratic, invasive into rights of citizens, self-serving, and failing in provision of the quantity and quality of services desired by the taxpaying public. Fiscal stress has plagued many governments, increasing the cry for less costly or just less government. Critics have exerted sustained pressure on politicians and public managers for transformational reform. Recommendations for change have included application of market and economic logic and private sector management methods to government. Managerial reform has been promoted on grounds that the public sector is organized and functions on many of the wrong principles and needs reinvention and renewal. Government reforms in response to reformist pressures have included restraint of spending and tax cuts, sales of public assets, privatization and contracting-out of services, increased performance measurement and auditing, output and outcomes based budgeting, and new accounting and reporting methods. Reform has been accompanied by promises of smaller, less interventionist and more decentralized government, improved efficiency and effectiveness, greater responsiveness and accountability to citizens, increased choice between public and private providers of services, a more 'entrepreneurial' public sector capable of cooperating with business. While it is apparent why politicians and elected officials often support new managerial methods, observers wonder whether the promises of reform can be delivered upon to provide benefits depicted soattractively. Dialogue on this question is active among public management scholars, practitioners, politicians, citizen groups and the media. Substantial elements of this dialogue are represented in this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762307593
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing
Publication date:
03/05/2001
Series:
Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management Series
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Part A
List of Tables and Figuresix
List of Contributorsxi
Prefacexiii
Chapter 1.Learning from International Public Management Reform Experience1
I.Learning from Reform in Australia
Chapter 2.Australia, the Oecd and the Post-NPM World29
Chapter 3.Public Sector Management in the State of Victoria 1992-1999: Genesis of the Transformation45
Chapter 4.Public Management Reform: Some Lessons from the Antipodes61
Chapter 5.The Impact of New Public Management on the Reform of the Transportation Infrastructure in Sydney77
Chapter 6.Lessons from Australian and New Zealand Experiences With Accrual Output-Based Budgeting89
II.Learning from Reform in New Zealand
Chapter 7.The Challenge of Evaluating Systemic Change: The Case of Public Management Reform in New Zealand103
Chapter 8.Reflections on Public Management Reform in New Zealand133
Chapter 9.New Zealand Experience With Public Management Reform--or Why the Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence143
Chapter 10.Public Management Reform and Lessons from Experience in New Zealand161
Chapter 11.Effectiveness: The Next Frontier in New Zealand177
Chapter 12.Performance Reporting for Accountability Purposes: Lessons, Issues, Future193
Chapter 13.Getting Better But Feeling Worse? Public Sector Reform in New Zealand211
Chapter 14.Observations on the Imposition of New Public Management in the New Zealand State Education System233
Chapter 15.Network Structures, Consumers and Accountability in New Zealand257
Chapter 16.Information Policy in New Zealand279

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