Performance Management in the Public Sector

Performance Management in the Public Sector

by Wouter Van Dooren
     
 

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Tackling the key topics of reform and modernization, this important new book systematically examines performance in public management systems. The authors present this seminal subject in an informative and accessible manner, tackling some of the most important themes.

Performance Management in the Public Sector takes as its point of departure a broad

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Tackling the key topics of reform and modernization, this important new book systematically examines performance in public management systems. The authors present this seminal subject in an informative and accessible manner, tackling some of the most important themes.

Performance Management in the Public Sector takes as its point of departure a broad definition of performance to redefine major and basic mechanisms in public administration, both theoretically and in practice. The book:

  • situates performance in some of the current public management debates;
  • discusses the many definitions of ‘performance’ and how it has become one of the contested agendas of public management;
  • examines measurement, incorporation and use of performance information; and
  • explores the challenges and future directions of performance management.

A must-read for any student or practitioner of public management, this core text will prove invaluable to anyone wanting to improve their understanding of performance management in the public sector.

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Editorial Reviews

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‘Politicians have reorganized public services on the assumption that performance data offers new possibilities for governance. There are few, if any, public management issues more important than how this data is used. Performance Management in the Public Sector offers the most accessible account of the complexities of this topic. It serves the need of the student and practitioner, while integrating and adding to the best research. In particular, the book offers a recipe for a positive, learning-based approach to performance management that is badly needed in practice. My first edition of this book has become dog-eared through repeated use, and I expect the second edition to be just as valuable.’ - Donald Moynihan is Professor of Public Affairs, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin, USA

‘An evenhanded, comprehensive, and crystal clear assessment of a prime topic in contemporary public management.’ - Mark Bovens, Utrecht University School of Governance, the Netherlands

‘This new edition builds sensitively on the comprehensive coverage of the first edition. Readers will be delighted to see an updated literature and a wealth of recent practical examples. This reaffirms this text as essential reading for anyone with an interest in performance management in the public sector.’ - Dr Ian Elliott, Senior Lecturer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK

‘This book deepens our understanding of performance management, emphasising the contested nature of a concept that has become synonymous with management in general and human resource management in particular. MBA and HRM students will find this a valuable text.’ - Dr Bob Mason, Department of Management & Leadership, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415371056
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/09/2010
Series:
Routledge Masters in Public Management Series
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Wouter Van Dooren is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Political Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Research Fellow at the Public Management Institute at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He researches performance measurement and management.

Geert Bouckaert is Director and Professor of Public Management at the Public Management Institute at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is President of the European Group for Public Administration and he researches performance management, financial management and public sector reform.

John Halligan is Research Professor of Government and Public Administration at the University of Canberra, Australia. His research interests are comparative public governance and management, performance management and public sector reform.

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