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Creating Public Value in Practice

Advancing the Common Good in a Multi-Sector, Shared-Power, No-One-Wholly-in-Charge World, 1st Edition

Edited by John M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, Laura Bloomberg


431 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Creating Public Value in Practice: Advancing the Common Good in a Multi-Sector, Shared-Power, No-One-Wholly-in-Charge Worldbrings together a stellar cast of thinkers to explore issues of public and cross-sector decision-making within a framework of democratic civic engagement. It offers an integrative approach to understanding and applying the concepts of creating public value, public values, and the public sphere. It presents a framework and language for opening a constructive conversation on what governments, businesses, nonprofits, and citizens can achieve in a democracy that honors a broad range of public values. 

Public officials, scholars, and citizens alike are engaged in an intense debate about the proper purpose, role, and size of government. In the midst of this debate is a growing concern that important public values are ignored by government reform efforts. This book explores the different definitions of public value and approaches to public value creation, discernment, measurement, and assessment. The text helps clarify the issues and demonstrates how the meaning of public value is intimately related to how it is theorized, operationalized, and measured.

The book examines the many alternatives for recognizing, measuring, and assessing public value and addresses the pros and cons of each approach. The result is a contribution to the ongoing dialogue about the virtues and limitations of a focus on the public sphere, public values, and how to create public value in the context of developing and implementing policies, programs, projects, and plans that ideally boost confidence in public institutions.

Table of Contents


John M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, and Laura Bloomberg


Public Value as a Contested Democratic Practice

John Benington

Creating Public Value: Contributions of the New Civic Politics

Harry C. Boyte

Value of Voices, Voice of Values: Participatory and Value Representation in Networked Governance

Chao Guo and Morgan Marietta

Public Values, Citizen Science, and Transportation Planning: A Brief Inquiry

Greg Lindsey


Effectuating Public Values by Institutional Design

Ernest R. Alexander

Education Reform and Cross-Sectoral Financing: A Practice-Based Approach

Samuel D. Brunson, Robert Couch, and Grant J. Matthews

Profiting from Public Value? The Case of Social Impact Bonds

Mildred E. Warner

Coproduction of Public Values through Cross-Sector Implementation: A Multilevel Analysis of Community Reinvestment Outcomes in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program

Colleen Casey and Stephanie Moulton


Incentivizing Collaboration: An Experimental Analysis of Performance Information, Public Value Creation, and Public Values Promotion

Stuart Bretschneider, Yujin Choi, Tina Nabatchi, and Rosemary O'Leary

Relational Contracting and Public Value: Public and Nonprofit Managers' Perspectives

Judith R. Saidel

Cross Sector Collaboration and Public-Private Partnerships: A Perspective on How Nonprofit Organizations Create Public Value in an Archetypical City in the United States

Stuart C. Mendel and Jeffrey L. Brudney

Paradoxes of Cross-Sector Partnerships: Public Value and Large-Scale Energy Innovation

Maja Husar Holmes and W. Henry Lambright


Recognizing Public Values at the Local Government Level: A Study of the All-America City Awards

Heather Getha-Taylor, John C. Pierce, and Jeannette Blackmar

Creating Public Value through Collaboration: Restoration and Preservation of Crissy Field

David F. Suárez

Using Economic Principles to Show How Extension Programs Create Public Value

Laura Kalambokidis, Lisa Hinz, and Scott Chazdon

Culturing Sport Mega Events: Leveraging Public Value

Malcolm Foley, David McGillivray, and Gayle McPherson

Creating Global Public Value

J. Brian Atwood



John M. Bryson, Barbara C. Crosby, and Laura Bloomberg

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