Public Management and Governance

ISBN-10: 0415430437
ISBN-13: 9780415430432
Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $60.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Government is topical once again. After many years of speculation that the market could take over much of its role, strong and democratic government is more important than ever. Moreover, the quality of public services is a major electoral issue in most countries around the world. This major textbook examines what it means to have efficient management and good quality services in the public sector, and how public sector performance can be improved. It explores how the process of governing needs to be fundamentally altered if a government is to remain legitimate and make use of societys resources. Key themes covered include: the different challenges and pressures governments face internationally the changing functions of the modern government; competitiveness in the global economy; the role of the public sector in a mixed economy The book includes discussion questions,group and individual exercises, case studies and further reading, making it essential reading for all students on specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Public Services Management, Public Administration, Government and Public Policy.

List of figures
List of tables
Case examples
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
A guide for the reader
From Public Management to Governance
Understanding public management and governance
The changing context of public policy
The size and scope of the public sector
Public management reforms across OECD countries
Public Management
Strategic management in public sector organizations
Marketing in public sector organizations
Contracting for public services
Financial management in public sector organizations
Human resource management in the public sector
Managing ICTs in public sector organizations
Performance measurement and management in public sector organizations
Quality management in public sector organizations
Process management in public sector organizations
Scrunity, inspection and audit in the public sector
Governance as an Emerging Trend in the Public Sector
Public governance in a network society
Partnership working in the public domain
Decentralized management: agencies and 'arm's-length' bodies
Public leadership
Engaging with citizens and other stakeholders
Changing equalities: politics, policies and practice
Ethics and standards of conduct
Evidence-based policy and practice
Bibliography
Index

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