The Coordination of Public Sector Organizations: Shifting Patterns of Public Management

Overview

The last two decades of the twentieth century were dominated by a shift towards increased autonomy for public sector organizations such a agencies. This solved problems but also created new ones as coordination from the centre was lacking. There was even a sense of loss of control. As a consequences, many countries developed a range of reaction patterns to the centrifugal behaviour of these autonomous units.

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Overview

The last two decades of the twentieth century were dominated by a shift towards increased autonomy for public sector organizations such a agencies. This solved problems but also created new ones as coordination from the centre was lacking. There was even a sense of loss of control. As a consequences, many countries developed a range of reaction patterns to the centrifugal behaviour of these autonomous units.

The Coordination of Public Sector Organizations discusses the trajectories and mechanisms of central government fragmentation and coordination in the period 1980-2005. Seven countries are looked at: New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the USA. These mechanisms for coordination are clustered into three types, based on markets, networks and hierarchies. The book shows a range of patterns over 25 years with agencification and other forms of organizational proliferation leading to more coordination through markets and networks, and ultimately to coordination through renewed hierarchy-type mechanisms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230240155
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: Public Sector Organizations Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

GEERT BOUCKAERT is Professor of Public Management, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

B. GUY PETERS is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government, University of Pittsburgh, USA.

KOEN VERHOEST is Assistant Professor, Public Management Institute, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Pt. 1 Concepts, Theories and Methodology

1 The Main Argument - Specialization without Coordination is Centrifugal

2 Coordination: What Is It and Why Should We Have It?

3 Resources, Mechanisms and Instruments for Coordination

4 How To Map Coordination: Issues of Methodology

Pt. 2 Specialization and Coordination in Seven Countries (1980-2005)

5 Coordination in New Zealand

6 Coordination in the United Kingdom

7 Coordination in Sweden

8 Coordination in the Netherlands

9 Coordination in France

10 Coordination in Belgium

11 Coordination in the United States

Pt. 3 Cross-Country Comparison

12 Specialization and Coordination in Seven Countries: Findings and Discussion

Appendix Comparative Tables

References

Notes

Index

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