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Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management


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The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Trust and Confidence in Government and Public Services

Trust and Confidence in Government and Public Services

1st Edition

Sue Llewellyn, Stephen Brookes, Ann Mahon
August 07, 2018

Trust and confidence are topical issues. Pundits claim that citizens trust governments and public services increasingly less - identifying a powerful new erosion of confidence that, in the US, goes back at least to Watergate in the 1970s. Recently, media exposure in the UK about MP expenses has...

Co-Production and Public Service Management: Citizenship, Governance and Public Services Management

Co-Production and Public Service Management: Citizenship, Governance and Public Services Management

1st Edition

Victor Pestoff
August 06, 2018

This volume compiles a dozen essays, by one of the most prolific proponents of co-production as a solution for many of the challenges facing public services and democratic governance at the outset of the 21st Century. Co-production is considered a partnership between citizens and public service...

Public Governance and Strategic Management Capabilities: Public Governance in the Gulf States

Public Governance and Strategic Management Capabilities: Public Governance in the Gulf States

1st Edition

Paul Joyce, Turki F. Al Rasheed
August 06, 2018

This is a book about the modernization of public governance and the development of strategic states. It focuses on six Gulf countries (United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) and presents research findings from quantitative data analysis and comparative analysis of the...

Public Service Management and Employment Relations in Europe: Emerging from the Crisis

Public Service Management and Employment Relations in Europe: Emerging from the Crisis

1st Edition

Stephen Bach, Lorenzo Bordogna
August 06, 2018

Has there been a transformation of public service employment relations in Europe since the crisis? Public Service Management and Employment Relations in Europe examines public service employment relations after the economic crisis, including analysis of more than thirty years of public service and...

Public-Private Partnerships in the European Union

Public-Private Partnerships in the European Union

1st Edition

Christopher Bovis
August 06, 2018

Public procurement in the European Union represents almost twelve per cent of the EU's GDP and is continuing to increase, having been identified as a key objective in the EU's aim to become the most competitive economy in the world by 2010. This book provides a one-stop shop,...

Strategic Management in Public Organizations: European Practices and Perspectives

Strategic Management in Public Organizations: European Practices and Perspectives

1st Edition

Paul Joyce, Anne Drumaux
August 06, 2018

Strategic Management in Public Organizations: European Practices and Perspectives offers the first wide-ranging survey and assessment of strategic management practices at various levels of government and public service in European countries. It shows that strategic management is much more than a...

Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks, and Leadership

Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks, and Leadership

1st Edition

Jenny M. Lewis, Lykke Margot Ricard, Erik Hans Klijn, Tamyko Ysa Figueras
June 08, 2018

Innovation has become an important focus for governments around the world over the last decade, with greater pressure on governments to do more with less, and expanding community expectations. Some are now calling this ‘social innovation’ – innovation that is related to creating new services that...

Visual Culture and Public Policy: Towards a visual polity?

Visual Culture and Public Policy: Towards a visual polity?

1st Edition

Victor Bekkers, Rebecca Moody
April 03, 2018

Traditionally, images have played an important role in politics and policy making, mostly in relation to propaganda and public communication. However, contemporary society is inundated with visual material due to the increasing ubiquity of media and visual technologies that facilitate the...

Co-Production and Co-Creation: Engaging Citizens in Public Services

Co-Production and Co-Creation: Engaging Citizens in Public Services

1st Edition

Taco Brandsen, Bram Verschuere, Trui Steen
March 29, 2018

Co-production and co-creation occur when citizens participate actively in delivering and designing the services they receive. It has come increasingly onto the agenda of policymakers, as interest in citizen participation has more generally soared. Expectations are high and it is regarded as a...

Governance and Public Management: Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times

Governance and Public Management: Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times

1st Edition

Charles Conteh, Thomas J. Greitens, David K. Jesuit, Ian Roberge
January 22, 2018

The key difference between success and failure for most governance systems is adaptation, specifically the ability to resolve the existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges that constrain adaptation. Local, regional and national systems differ in how they are designed to...

Inter-Organizational Collaboration by Design

Inter-Organizational Collaboration by Design

1st Edition

Jennifer Madden
August 24, 2017

Although difficult, complicated, and sometimes discouraging, collaboration is recognized as a viable approach for addressing uncertain, complex and wicked problems. Collaborations can attract resources, increase efficiency, and facilitate visions of mutual benefit that can ignite common desires of...

Local Participatory Governance and Representative Democracy: Institutional Dilemmas in European Cities

Local Participatory Governance and Representative Democracy: Institutional Dilemmas in European Cities

1st Edition

Nils Hertting, Clarissa Kugelberg
July 20, 2017

Over the past few decades and throughout the world, numerous government-initiated experiments and attempts at directly engaging and including citizens have emerged as remedies for a variety of problems faced by modern democracies, including political disaffection and insufficient capacity to deal...

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