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Public Management and Performance Research Directions

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ISBN-10: 110741167X

ISBN-13: 9781107411678

Edition: 2012

Authors: Richard M. Walker, George A. Boyne, Gene A. Brewer

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Description:

Public services touch the majority of people in advanced and developing economies on a daily basis: children require schooling, the elderly need personal care and assistance, rubbish needs collecting, water must be safe to drink and the streets need policing. In short, there is practically no area of our lives that isn't touched in some way by public services. As such, knowledge about strategies to improve their performance is central to the good of society. In this book, a group of leading scholars examine some of the most pressing issues in public administration, political science and public policy by undertaking a systematic review of the research literature on public management and the performance of public agencies. It is an important resource for public management researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who wish to understand the current state of the field and the challenges that lie ahead.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Richard M. Walker is Professor of Public Management and Policy at the University of Hong Kong and Senior Research Associate at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.

George A. Boyne is Professor of Public Sector Management at Cardiff University.

Gene A. Brewer is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs and Visiting Professor of Public Management at the Utrecht University School of Governance in the Netherlands.

List of figures
List of tables
About the contributors
Introduction
Extending goal ambiguity research in government: from organizational goal ambiguity to program goal ambiguity
Budgets and financial management
Organizational structure and public service performance
Red tape: the bane of public organizations?
Managerial networking, managing the environment, and program performance: a summary of findings and an agenda
Public service motivation and performance
Organizational diversity and public service performance
Performance management: does it work?
Strategy: which strategic stances matter?
Methods
Conclusion: enriching the field
Index