Public Value and Public Administration

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Public Value and Public Administration by John M Bryson, Barbara C Crosby, Laura Bloomberg

Governments and nonprofits exist to create public value. Yet what does that mean in theory and practice?

This new volume brings together key experts in the field to offer unique, wide-ranging answers. From the United States, Europe, and Australia, the contributors focus on the creation, meaning, measurement, and assessment of public value in a world where government, nonprofit organizations, business, and citizens all have roles in the public sphere. In so doing, they demonstrate the intimate link between ideas of public value and public values and the ways scholars theorize and measure them. They also add to ongoing debates over what public value might mean, the nature of the most important public values, and how we can practically apply these values. The collection concludes with an extensive research and practice agenda conceived to further the field and mainstream its ideas.

Aimed at scholars, students, and stakeholders ranging from business and government to nonprofits and activist groups, Public Value and Public Administration is an essential blueprint for those interested in creating public value to advance the common good.

Georgetown University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626162631
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

John M. Bryson is McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Barbara C. Crosby is an associate professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Laura Bloomberg is associate dean at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionJohn M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, and Laura Bloomberg

1. Discerning and Assessing Public Value: Major Issues and New DirectionsJohn M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, and Laura Bloomberg

Part I: Helping Managers Focus on Creating Public Value

2. Political Astuteness as an Aid to Discerning and Creating Public ValueJean Hartley, John Alford, and Owen Hughes

3. Building Deliberative Capacity to Create Public Value: The Practices and Artifacts of the Art of HostingJodi Sandfort and Kathryn S. Quick

4. Joining Minds: System Dynamics Group Model Building to Create Public ValueGeorge Richardson, David F. Anderson, and Luis F. Luna-Reyes

5. Weighing the Public Value of Alternative Methods of Providing Public Services: Toward a Contingency FrameworkJohn Alford

6. The Creation of Public Value through Step-Change Innovation in Public OrganizationsJean HartleyPart II: Measuring and Assessing Public Value

7. How Can Cost-Benefit Analysis Help Create Public Value?Clive Belfield

8. Creating a Public Value Account and ScorecardMark H. Moore

9. Public Value MappingJennie Welch, Heather Rimes, and Barry Bozeman

10. Public Value: Turning a Conceptual Framework into a ScorecardTimo Meynhardt

Chapter 11. In the Eye of the Beholder: Learning from Stakeholder Assessments of Public ValueJohn C. Thomas, Theodore H. Poister, and Min Su

Part III: Measuring and Managing Performance

12. Creating Public Value Using Performance InformationAlexander Kroll and Donald P. Moynihan

13. Putting Public Value to Work: A Framework for Public Management Decision MakingAnthony M. Cresswell, Meghan Cook, and Natalie Helbig

14. Shared Responsibility for the Common Good: Measuring Public Value across Institutional BoundariesEnrico Guarini

ConclusionsJohn M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, and Laura Bloomberg

ReferencesList of ContributorsIndex

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What People are Saying About This

Donald Kettl

In this remarkable book, the editors have pulled together a broad and fascinating collection of essays on a critically important issue: linking the administration of public programs with the public values they bring to life. The book is, at once, deeply embedded in rich tradition that stretches back for generations—and full of fresh, innovative insights into how the administrative process defines and advances the common wealth. Bryson, Crosby, and Bloomberg have gathered some of the very best minds in the field into this book’s chapters and, in a masterly way, they have brought together very different streams of thought into a fresh, forward-looking approach sure to be of keen interest to practitioners and scholars alike.

H. Brinton Milward

Public value has been a major theme in public administration for over twenty years. In this edited collection a group of top scholars in the field use the public value lens to examine how it can be used to help managers focus on public value and then on how to measure it.

Norma Riccucci

This book is a refreshing, contemporary look at the public value movement in public administration. It features contributions from some of the most prominent scholars in the field. One of the distinctive qualities of this book is that the authors advance a host of definitions of public value and illustrate different approaches to measurement and, ultimately, to 'valuing' public value. This book will appeal to scholars and students in a host of areas including public management, performance measurement and management, program evaluation, strategic planning, and policy analysis.

Rosemary O'Leary

This book brings together some of the world’s foremost experts on the topic of Public Value. Together these authors push our intellectual boundaries with their compelling analyses and thoughtful insights. This book is a 'must read' for those around the world interested in the creation of public value.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im confused or must have been mistaken. I was under the assumption that I was purchasing the whole did I end up with only 32 pages. I was given the option to preview the sample, which i did do. But I didnt think i was purchasing the sample. Did i just get ripped off??