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Public Sector Management
Theory, Critique and Practice

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March 1994 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Drawing together key contributions to the field, this innovative Reader provides a broad-ranging overview of both the theory and practice of public service management. The book: outlines the social, political and economic contexts in which management has emerged as a crucial issue in the public sector of modern democratic countries; introduces the major theories, issues and concepts involved in defining and understanding public sector management; analyzes some of the key values underpinning the idea of the public domain; and examines some of the main challenges in terms of particular strategies, techniques and competences which have been proposed to improve management for public services.

Public Sector Management is a Course Reader for The Open University course B887 Managing Public Services.

 
PART ONE: THE CONTEXT OF IDEAS
 
Introduction
Michael Oakeshott
Rationalism in Politics
Michel Foucault
Governmentality
John Gray
Limited Government
H Simon
The Criterion of Efficiency
John Stewart and Stewart Ranson
Management in the Public Domain
Leonard Wrigley and David McKevitt
Professional Ethics, Government Agenda and Differential Information
 
PART TWO: CONTROL AND IMPLEMENTATION
 
Introduction
Richard Rose
Charges as Contested Signals
Andrew Dunsire, Keith Hartley and David Parker
Organizational Status and Performance
Summary of the Findings  
Joseph M Jacob
Lawyers Go to Hospital
Anthony Hopwood
Accounting and the Pursuit of Efficiency
Vicki Eaton Baier, James G March and Harald S[oe together]tren
Implementation and Ambiguity
L Challis et al
Investigating Policy Coordination
Issues and Hypotheses  
 
PART THREE: RESPONSIVENESS AND PERFORMANCE
 
Introduction
Patricia Day and Rudolf Klein
Interpretations and Implications
Neil Carter
Performance Indicators
`Backseat Driving' or `Hands Off' Control  
Rosabeth Moss Kanter and David V Summers
Doing Well While Doing Good
Dilemmas of Performance Measurement in Nonprofit Organizations and the Need for a Multiple-Constituency Approach  
Margareta Bertilsson
The Welfare State, the Professions and Citizens
Jenny Potter
Consumerism and the Public Sector
How Well Does the Coat Fit?  
V Lynn Meek
Organizational Culture
Origins and Weaknesses  
Hans Weggemans
Personnel and Public Management

Book is well presented and highlights interesting claims regarding public sector management. Although it looks at the theory and critiques it it would of been nice to see some recommendations of sector leading practice

Mrs Laura Castles
Management, Torfaen Training
May 27, 2016

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