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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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Public Service Management and Asylum: Co-production, Inclusion and Citizenship

Public Service Management and Asylum: Co-production, Inclusion and Citizenship

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Kirsty Strokosch
June 21, 2019

Co-production occurs when citizens actively participate in the design and delivery of public services. The concept and its practice are of increasing interest among policymakers, public service managers and academics alike, with co-production often being described as a revolutionary solution to...

Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services

Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Paresh Wankhade, Leo McCann, Peter Murphy
May 31, 2019

Critical Perspectives in Emergency Services Management makes an important contribution to the subject of emergency services management and to public administration and organization studies more generally. It critically assesses developments in emergency services management by examining the...

Ethics Management in the Public Service: A Sensory-based Strategy

Ethics Management in the Public Service: A Sensory-based Strategy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Liza Ireni-Saban, Galit Berdugo
April 17, 2019

Ethics Management in the Public Service offers a new perspective for ethics management in the Public Administration. The traditional approaches, relying on codified rules, regulations, and guidelines, have not yielded the results expected of them and have not managed to serve as an effective tool...

The Projectification of the Public Sector

The Projectification of the Public Sector

1st Edition

Damian Hodgson, Mats Fred, Simon Bailey, Patrik Hall
March 18, 2019

In recent decades, we have witnessed an increasing use of projects and similar temporary modes of organising in the public sector of nations in Europe and around the world. While for some this is a welcome development which unlocks entrepreneurial zeal and renders public services more flexible and...

Public Administration Reformation: Market Demand from Public Organizations

Public Administration Reformation: Market Demand from Public Organizations

1st Edition

Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Mahmud Shareef, Sanjay K Pandey, Vinod Kumar
February 20, 2019

In an attempt to instil trust in their performance, credibility, integrity, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and good governance, many public organizations are in effect viewing tax-paying citizens as consumers. Little research exists to explore synergies between the market economy, public...

Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management: Tackling the Critical Challenges

Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management: Tackling the Critical Challenges

1st Edition

Luke Craven, Helen Dickinson, Gemma Carey
November 26, 2018

This book aims to develop four key challenges that remain unresolved in the boundary-spanning literature, which span from the conceptual, to the practice, to the translational. In doing so, it tackles the question of boundary-spanning from four different angles, providing an in-depth investigation...

Network Theory in the Public Sector: Building New Theoretical Frameworks

Network Theory in the Public Sector: Building New Theoretical Frameworks

1st Edition

Robyn Keast, Myrna P Mandell, Robert Agranoff
October 25, 2018

Networks have been described in terms of metaphors, governance arrangements and structural or institutional arrangements. These different perspectives of networks come out of a variety of disciplines, including political science, public administration, urban affairs, social welfare, public...

Organizational Reputation in the Public Sector

Organizational Reputation in the Public Sector

1st Edition

Arild Wæraas, Moshe Maor
October 25, 2018

A favorable reputation is an asset of importance that no public sector entity can afford to neglect because it gives power, autonomy, and access to critical resources. However, reputations must be built, maintained, and protected. As a result, public sector organizations in most OECD countries have...

Theory and Practice of Public Sector Reform

Theory and Practice of Public Sector Reform

1st Edition

Steven Van de Walle, Sandra Groeneveld
August 07, 2018

Theory and Practice of Public Sector Reform offers readers differing theoretical perspectives to help examine the process of public sector reform, combined with an overview of major trends in the core areas of the functioning of the public sector. The book consists of three parts, the first...

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...

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