The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

by Ewan Ferlie
     
 

ISBN-10: 019922644X

ISBN-13: 9780199226443

Pub. Date: 08/16/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The public sector continues to play a strategic role across the world. The last thirty years have seen major shifts in approaches to public sector management in many countries. There is also a fierce debate across academic disciplines about contemporary public administration/management: some advocate the use of more managerialist approaches; while others see…  See more details below

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The public sector continues to play a strategic role across the world. The last thirty years have seen major shifts in approaches to public sector management in many countries. There is also a fierce debate across academic disciplines about contemporary public administration/management: some advocate the use of more managerialist approaches; while others see managerialism as undermining democratic institutions. New roles have arisen, such as programme evaluation, management consulting, and reliance on NGOs and partnerships, which require new assessments. There is an intensified need for an analysis of contemporary public sector organisations, which are changing rapidly before our eyes.

It is thus time for an authoritative treatment of the major trends in public management, embracing both their intended and unintended consequences. This Handbook brings together leading international scholars to comment on key current issues. The individual chapters include broad overviews, in depth explorations of particular thematic areas and analyses of different theoretical perspectives such as political science, management, sociology and economics. The authors have space to develop their distinctive arguments. The editors provide an overall concluding chapter. The Handbook combines scholarly rigour, engaging writing and high policy relevance. It will be invaluable to advanced students, researchers and reflective public sector practitioners.

About the Series
Oxford Handbooks in Business & Management bring together the world's leading scholars on the subject to discuss current research and the latest thinking in a range of interrelated topics including Strategy, Organizational Behavior, Public Management, International Business, and many others. Containing completely new essays with extensive referencing to further reading and key ideas, the volumes, in hardback or paperback, serve as both a thorough introduction to a topic and a useful desk reference for scholars and advanced students alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199226443
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/16/2007
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
808
Sales rank:
1,036,549
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introductory remarks1
1Public management : the word, the movement, the science7
2Public management : a concise history of the field27
3Bureaucracy in the twenty-first century51
4Public and private management compared72
5Public management, democracy, and politics103
6Law and public administration133
7Public management as ethics156
8Public accountability182
9Economic perspectives on public organizations209
10Postmodern public administration234
11Networks and inter-organizational management : challenging, steering, evaluation, and the role of public actors in public management257
12Whatever happened to public administration? : governance, governance everywhere282
13Virtual organizations305
14The theory of the audit explosion326
15Public-private partnerships and hybridity347
16Decentralization371
17E-government : a challenge for public management398
18Professionals in public service organizations : implications for public sector "reforming"422
19Rethinking leadership in public organizations446
20Organizational cultures in the public services468
21Performance management491
22Striving for balance : reforms in human resource management521
23Public service quality improvement537
24Budget and accounting reforms563
25NGOs and contracting591
26Evaluation and public management615
27International public management643
28Management consultancy671
29Change and continuity in the continental tradition of public management695
30Afterword720

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