Staff Participation and Public Management Reform: Some International Comparisons

Staff Participation and Public Management Reform: Some International Comparisons

by D. Farnham, Sylvia Horton
     
 

This book explores the role of civil servants and their trade unions in the public management reform process, framing it in its economic, social, cultural and legal contexts. Building on neo-institutional and stakeholder theories, the book shows how staff and their representative organisations have influenced the formulation and implementation of public management…  See more details below

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This book explores the role of civil servants and their trade unions in the public management reform process, framing it in its economic, social, cultural and legal contexts. Building on neo-institutional and stakeholder theories, the book shows how staff and their representative organisations have influenced the formulation and implementation of public management reforms in twelve OECD countries. This study challenges top-down elite theories that have dominated the existing literature, explaining how staff participation practices, both direct and indirect, have impacted on the implementation of reforms in different ways in different countries. The book concludes that variations in staff participation in the reform process depend upon institutional and political factors and the distribution of power in the employment relationship.

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'This book is a very welcome addition to the literature on public service reform...From a research point of view, the book is valueable in that it provides a series of frameworks within which further studies can be conducted not just in the civil service but in other parts of the public services.' - Hamish Mathieson, Public Administration

'...a timely and welcome contribution to both the current public management and HRM literature...the systematic structure and rigour of templates used in the book give it strong coherence and make it a very useful handbook for researchers and HRM specialists with international interests. This book should be available in every university library.' - Elke Löffler, International Employment Relations Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403935069
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
06/07/2005
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
547
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

FRANCESCO CERASE Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
JEAN MICHEL DENIS Assistant Professor, Marne La Vallée University, France
ZUZANA DVORAKOVA Associate Professor, Department of Human Resource Management, University of Economics, Czech Republic
YVES EMERY Professor, Public Management and Human Resources Department, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Switzerland
DAVID GIAUQUE Professor, Public Management Unit, Institute of Economics and Toursim, University of Applied Sciences, Austria
GILLES JEANNOT Deputy Manager, Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussés, France
RAINER KOCH Professor, Institute of Public Management, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Germany
PETER LEISINK Professor, Utrecht School of Governance, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
RENATE MEYER Associate Professor, Department of Public Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
MYRIAM PARYS Advisor, Cabinet of Minister Marino Keulen, Belgium
RICHARD SHAW Senior Lecturer, School of Sociology and Social Policy, Massey University, New Zealand
TRUI STEEN Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
BRAM STEIJN Associate Professor, Department of Public Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
JAMES THOMPSON Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Public Administration, University of Illinois, USA
TURO VIRTANEN Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Helsinki, Finland
GEOFFREY WHITE Professor, Department of Management, University of Greenwich, UK
GERHARD HAMMERSCHMID Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Public Management, Austria

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