The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

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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 different 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 critique them. New functions have also arisen in the public sector, such as evaluation or management consulting, which require analysis. There is a renewed need for an analysis of contemporary public sector organizations, which are changing rapidly before our eyes. This it is time for an authoritative assessment of the major trends in public management, embracing both their intended and unintended effects. This handbook brings together leading international scholars to comment on key current issues. The individual chapters include a mix of broad overviews, in depth exploration of particular thematic areas and analyses of different theoretical perspectives such as political science, management, sociology, and economics. The authors have been given sufficient space to develop their distinctive arguments. The editors provide an overall concluding chapter. The Handbook combines scholarly rigor, engaging writing from senior authors and high policy relevance. It will be relevant to advanced students, researchers and reflective public sector practitioners.
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"The book is a success. It meets the aims set out at the beginning and does so in a way that is erudite, but accessible, comprehensive, but not overly complex. It deserves its place on the reading list and the library shelves."—Journal of Public Administration, Vol.84, No.4, 2006

"It will merit its place on the library shelves for you and for your students for a good few years."—Local Government Studies

"The Oxford Handbook of Public Management is an invaluable source for anyone interested in public management scholarship. The chapters provide an excellent starting point for researchers interested in specific areas. Many of its chapters are suitable for public management graduate courses and, in some cases, offer the most polished overview of a specific topic I have read."—Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199226443
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 808
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ewan Ferlie has previously worked at the Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent (1979-1986) and then the Centre for Corporate Strategy and Change, Warwick Business School (1986-1997), University of Warwick. He was awarded a personal chair there in 1996. Between 1997 and 2003, he was a Professor at Imperial College Business School, London, and joined the School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London as Professor and Head of Department in autumn 2003. He is also Director of the Centre of Public Services Organisations there. He has also been a non executive member on Warwickshire Health Authority.
Laurence E. Lynn Jr. graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, after which he undertook doctoral study at Yale University, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in economics, and a stint in the U.S. Army, Lynn held various policy making and budgeting positions in the U.S. Federal Government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Director of Program Analysis at the National Security Council, Assistant Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and Assistant Secretary of Interior. His academic career has included positions at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, where he is the Sydney Stein, Jr. Professor of Public Management Emeritus.
Christopher Pollitt began his working life as a civil servant in Whitehall, where he worked in policy divisions and as a private secretary to two ministers. Subsequently pursued an academic career, including periods at the Open University (1975-1990) and as Head of Department and Dean at Brunel University, West London (1990-1999). Since 1999 he has been Professor of Public Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Pollitt has also served as Editor of the international journal Public Administration (1980-1989), President of the European Evaluation Society (1996-98) and Scientific Director of the Netherlands Institute of Government (since 2004). He has carried out consultancy and advice work for many governmental organizations, including the European Commission, the OECD and the World Bank. His special research interests lie in comparative public management and in programme evaluation and performance audit.

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Table of Contents

Introductory remarks 1
1 Public management : the word, the movement, the science 7
2 Public management : a concise history of the field 27
3 Bureaucracy in the twenty-first century 51
4 Public and private management compared 72
5 Public management, democracy, and politics 103
6 Law and public administration 133
7 Public management as ethics 156
8 Public accountability 182
9 Economic perspectives on public organizations 209
10 Postmodern public administration 234
11 Networks and inter-organizational management : challenging, steering, evaluation, and the role of public actors in public management 257
12 Whatever happened to public administration? : governance, governance everywhere 282
13 Virtual organizations 305
14 The theory of the audit explosion 326
15 Public-private partnerships and hybridity 347
16 Decentralization 371
17 E-government : a challenge for public management 398
18 Professionals in public service organizations : implications for public sector "reforming" 422
19 Rethinking leadership in public organizations 446
20 Organizational cultures in the public services 468
21 Performance management 491
22 Striving for balance : reforms in human resource management 521
23 Public service quality improvement 537
24 Budget and accounting reforms 563
25 NGOs and contracting 591
26 Evaluation and public management 615
27 International public management 643
28 Management consultancy 671
29 Change and continuity in the continental tradition of public management 695
30 Afterword 720
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