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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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Business and Government Relations in Africa

Business and Government Relations in Africa

1st Edition

Robert A. Dibie
July 13, 2017

This book endeavors to take the conceptualization of the relationship between business, government and development in African countries to a new level. In the twenty-first century, the interests and operations of government and business inevitably intersect all over the African continent. No...

Public Policy, Governance and Polarization: Making Governance Work

Public Policy, Governance and Polarization: Making Governance Work

1st Edition

David K. Jesuit, Russell Alan Williams
July 06, 2017

Polarization is widely diagnosed as a major cause of the decline of evidence-based policy making and public engagement-based styles of policy making. It creates an environment where hardened partisan viewpoints on major policy questions are less amenable to negotiation, compromise or change....

Governing through Regulation: Public Policy, Regulation and the Law

Governing through Regulation: Public Policy, Regulation and the Law

1st Edition

Eric Windholz
June 30, 2017

Over the past forty years, numerous theoretical advances have been made. From Ayres’ and Braithwaite’s ground breaking work on ‘responsive regulation’, we have seen models of ‘smart regulation’, ‘regulatory governance’ and ‘regulatory capitalism’ emerge to capture the growing prevalence and...

Public Management in Times of Austerity

Public Management in Times of Austerity

1st Edition

Eva Moll Sørensen, Hanne Foss Hansen, Mads Bøge Kristiansen
June 16, 2017

Since 2008, the world has experienced an enormous decrease of wealth. By many measures the impact of the crisis was severe. The fall in GDP, the collapse of world trade, the rise in unemployment, and the credit slump reached bigger proportions than in any other crisis since World War II. Although...

Making Public Policy Decisions: Expertise, skills and experience

Making Public Policy Decisions: Expertise, skills and experience

1st Edition

Damon Alexander, Jenny M. Lewis
April 11, 2017

To understand public policy decisions, it is imperative to understand the capacities of the individual actors who are making them, how they think and feel about their role, and what drives and motivates them. However, the current literature takes little account of this, preferring instead to frame...

Critical Leadership: Leader-Follower Dynamics in a Public Organization

Critical Leadership: Leader-Follower Dynamics in a Public Organization

1st Edition

Paul Evans, John Hassard, Paula Hyde
February 10, 2017

Critical approaches to leadership studies have sought to challenge the normative position of leadership as residing solely within the formal leader and have gone as far as to undermine the traditionally held assumption of leadership as a "real" phenomenon. The book offers a critical account of the...

Modernizing the Public Sector: Scandinavian Perspectives

Modernizing the Public Sector: Scandinavian Perspectives

1st Edition

Irvine Lapsley, Hans Knutsson
December 02, 2016

As policymakers and scholars evaluate possible ways forward in the reform and renewal of public services by governments caught up in a recessionary environment, this book aims to offer something different – a comprehensive analysis of the development of the ‘Scandinavian’ way of modernizing...

Public Policy beyond the Financial Crisis: An International Comparative Study

Public Policy beyond the Financial Crisis: An International Comparative Study

1st Edition

Philip Haynes
August 04, 2016

The economic crisis of 2008-2009 and beyond has provided the greatest challenge to public policy in the developed world since the Second World War, as the use of public monies to support banks and declining tax revenues have resulted in rising government borrowing and national debt. This book...

Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships: Strategies for Turbulent Times

Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships: Strategies for Turbulent Times

1st Edition

Carsten Greve, Graeme Hodge
August 04, 2016

The global financial crisis hit the world in a remarkable way in late 2008. Many governments and private sector organizations, who had considered Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to be their future, were forced to rethink their strategy in the wake of the crisis, as a lot of the available private...

Public Service Efficiency: Reframing the Debate

Public Service Efficiency: Reframing the Debate

1st Edition

Rhys Andrews, Tom Entwistle
August 04, 2016

The current economic and political climate places ever greater pressure on public organizations to deliver services in a cost-efficient way. Focused on the costs of service delivery, governments across the world have introduced a series of business like practices – from performance management to...

Public Innovation through Collaboration and Design

Public Innovation through Collaboration and Design

1st Edition

Christopher Ansell, Jacob Torfing
July 13, 2016

While innovation has long been a major topic of research and scholarly interest for the private sector, it is still an emerging theme in the field of public management. While ‘results-oriented’ public management may be here to stay, scholars and practitioners are now shifting their attention to the...

Creating and Implementing Public Policy: Cross-sectoral debates

Creating and Implementing Public Policy: Cross-sectoral debates

1st Edition

Gemma Carey, Kathy Landvogt, Jo Barraket
November 26, 2015

In order to address major social policy problems, governments need to break down sectoral barriers and create better working relationships between practitioners, policymakers and researchers. Currently, major blockages exist, and stereotypes abound. Academics are seen as out-of-touch and...

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