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Improving Public Management

Improving Public Management

Revised Edition
  • Les Metcalfe - European Institute of Public Administration, Netherlands
  • Sue Richards - Office for Public Management, London

December 1990 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Now in paperback in an Enlarged Edition, this volume explores the lessons of one of the most comprehensive attempts to improve public management.

Metcalfe and Richards describe and assess Thatcher's Efficiency Strategy as an exercise in improving public management. They explain how the strategy has gone about improving administrative performance by increasing cost-consciousness in the use of resources and creating flexibility for managing change. They analyze major themes such as: decentralization, information systems and budgets as management tools, organization design, and the management of interdepartmental relations.

Thatcherism and Raynerism
Management and Efficiency in Government
Management Information and the Minister as Manager
Centralize In Order To Decentralize
Spend to Save
Statisticians as Professionals in Government
The Efficiency of the Efficiency Strategy
Market Approaches to Public Management
The Financial Management Initiative
The Politics of Efficiency and Management of Change

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ISBN: 9780803984004