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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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Social Procurement and New Public Governance

Social Procurement and New Public Governance

1st Edition

Josephine Barraket, Robyn Keast, Craig Furneaux
November 12, 2015

In recent years, the search for innovative, locally relevant and engaging public service has become the new philosophers’ stone. Social procurement represents one approach to maximising public spending and social value through the purchase of goods and services. It has gained increasing attention...

Making Public Services Management Critical

Making Public Services Management Critical

1st Edition

Graeme Currie, Jackie Ford, Nancy Harding, Mark Learmonth
September 03, 2015

This book brings together public services policy and public services management in a novel way that is likely to resonate with academics, policy makers and practitioners engaged in the organization of public services delivery as it is from a perspective that challenges many received ideas in...

New Public Governance, the Third Sector, and Co-Production

New Public Governance, the Third Sector, and Co-Production

1st Edition

Victor Pestoff, Taco Brandsen, Bram Verschuere
July 22, 2015

In recent years public management research in a variety of disciplines has paid increasing attention to the role of citizens and the third sector in the provision of public services. Several of these efforts have employed the concept of co-production to better understand and explain this trend....

The Professions, State and the Market: Medicine in Britain, the United States and Russia

The Professions, State and the Market: Medicine in Britain, the United States and Russia

1st Edition

Mike Saks
June 24, 2015

This unique book enhances our understanding of the links between professions, the state and the market – and their implications for the public in terms of professional practice. In so doing, the book adopts a neo-Weberian perspective, in which professions are seen as a form of exclusionary social...

Making Governments Accountable: The Role of Public Accounts Committees and National Audit Offices

Making Governments Accountable: The Role of Public Accounts Committees and National Audit Offices

1st Edition

Zahirul Hoque
May 08, 2015

Over the past two decades, there has been a paradigm shift in public administration and public sector accounting around the world, with increasing emphasis on good governance and accountability processes for government entities. This is all driven both by economic rationalism, and by changing...

Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries: Paradoxes and Practices

Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries: Paradoxes and Practices

1st Edition

Charles Conteh, Ahmed Shafiqul Huque
April 04, 2014

The underpinning assumption of public management in the developing world as a process of planned change is increasingly being recognized as unrealistic. In reality, the practice of development management is characterized by processes of mutual adjustment among individuals, agencies, and interest...

Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy: The International Experience

Crossing Boundaries in Public Management and Policy: The International Experience

1st Edition

Janine O'Flynn, Deborah Blackman, John Halligan
July 17, 2013

In the 21st century governments are increasingly focusing on designing ways and means of connecting across boundaries to achieve goals. Whether issues are complex and challenging – climate change, international terrorism, intergenerational poverty– or more straightforward - provision of a single...

Policy Transfer and Learning in Public Policy and Management: International Contexts, Content and Development

Policy Transfer and Learning in Public Policy and Management: International Contexts, Content and Development

1st Edition

Peter Carroll, Richard Common
June 17, 2013

A typical image of the making and administration of policy suggests that it takes place on an incremental basis, involving public servants, their ministers and, to a more limited extent, a variety of interest groups. Yet, much policy making is based on similar policy developed in other...

Public-Private Partnerships in the USA: Lessons to be Learned for the United Kingdom

Public-Private Partnerships in the USA: Lessons to be Learned for the United Kingdom

1st Edition

Tony Wall
December 19, 2012

Broadly, a Public-Private Partnership (or PPP) is any collaboration between the public and private sector, but research in the UK has tended to focus on those that have been used for major infrastructure projects, such as roads, schools, and hospitals. This book compares and contrasts PPP research...

Branding in Governance and Public Management

Branding in Governance and Public Management

1st Edition

Jasper Eshuis, E.H. Klijn
November 13, 2012

Politicians and public managers utilize branding to communicate with the public as well as to position themselves within the ever-present media now so central to political and administrative life. They must further contend with stakeholders holding contradictory opinions about the nature of a...

Social Accounting and Public Management: Accountability for the Public Good

Social Accounting and Public Management: Accountability for the Public Good

1st Edition

Stephen P. Osborne, Amanda Ball
July 11, 2012

Social accounting as a discipline has challenged the methodology and focus of the larger field of accounting over the last 50 years. More recently it has taken on greater significance for other subjects as well, addressing issues for public policy and management more broadly. These include the...

Public Management and Complexity Theory: Richer Decision-Making in Public Services

Public Management and Complexity Theory: Richer Decision-Making in Public Services

1st Edition

Mary Lee Rhodes, Joanne Murphy, Jenny Muir, John A. Murray
July 11, 2012

That public services exhibit unpredictability, novelty and, on occasion, chaos, is an observation with which even a casual observer would agree. Existing theoretical frameworks in public management fail to address these features, relying more heavily on attempts to eliminate unpredictability...

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