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Governance and Public Management

Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times, 1st Edition

Edited by Charles Conteh, Thomas J. Greitens, David K. Jesuit, Ian Roberge


196 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The key difference between success and failure for most governance systems is adaptation, specifically the ability to resolve the existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges that constrain adaptation. Local, regional and national systems differ in how they are designed to organize effective participation and create innovative ideas for missions, goals, strategies and actions. They also differ in how they build the effective coalitions needed to adopt, guide and protect strategies and actions during implementation, and how to build competence and knowledge to sustain implementation.

This book presents the strategic foundations for government’s role in fostering and adapting to societal transformation in a volatile world. It shifts the focus of the discipline from an overtly retrospective analysis to a prospective analysis, incorporating the role of foresight techniques and instruments. Above all, it stimulates debate about the practical implications of governance as an emergent future-oriented framework of public management.

This challenging book aims to facilitate dialogue and discussion between academics and practitioners, and encourage advanced students to take a new perspective on Public Management during these volatile times.


This is an ambitious book that makes an important contribution to link governance approaches and government strategic foresight. Scholars and practitioners alike will benefit from the host of stimulating insights it offers.

Edoardo Ongaro, Professor of International Public Services Management, Northumbria University, UK

Myopic, tunnel-visioned officials run our governments. How do we get them to look ahead 10, 20, even 50 years into the future? This ambitious volume calls for institutions that foster collaboration and consensus based on the deliberations of the governed.

Fred Thompson, Director, Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, Willamette University, USA

Public management and governance systems currently have significant strains and stresses associated with existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges. This book presents significant advances in theoretical and practical understanding of governance in public management. The book provides a public management perspective that is geared to comprehend the future and provide sign posts for public sector actors to strategically act on the many contemporary challenges.

James Guthrie, Professor, The University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Preface: Overview and Aims (Charles Conteh, Thomas Greitens, David Jesuit and Ian Roberge) Part I: Introduction: Overview and Aims (Charles Conteh, Thomas Greitens, David Jesuit and Ian Roberge) 2. Public Management for Volatile Times: Towards Deliberative, Collaborative, and Adaptive Policy Governance (Frank Baber) Part II: Developing Prospective in Public Management 3. Foresight: The Way Out of the Crisis? (Ian Roberge) 4. Strategic Management in Turbulent Environments: Re-inventing Regional Economic Hubs in Canada (Charles Conteh) 5. Constructing Public Management Futures During Fiscal Stress (Lawrence Sych) Part III: Collaboration and Conflict 6. Public Management of Sustainable Energy Development: A Comparative Analysis of Policies in Italy, Denmark, Canada, and the United States (Thomas Rohrer and Rick S. Kurtz ) 7. Managing Services and Voicing Values: The Water Sector in Italy (Riccardo Mussari and Filippo Giordano) 8. A Collaboration-Conflict Contradiction in Public Management: Current State and Future Developments (Morris Bidjerano) Part IV: Deliberation and Trust 9. Citizen Deliberation in Public Management: Recognizing Its Value, Overcoming its Challenges (Thomas J. Greitens and J. Cherie Strachan) 10. Inequality, Government Performance and Trust in Public Managers (David Jesuit) 11. The Challenge of Trust in 21st Century Public Management (M. Ernita Joaquin) Part V Conclusions 12. Can Prospective in Public Management Succeed? (Denita Cepiku) 13. Postscript: Concluding Observations and Directions for Further Research (Charles Conteh, Thomas Greitens, David Jesuit and Ian Roberge)

About the Editors

Charles Conteh is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Political Science at Brock University, Canada.

Thomas J. Greitens is Associate Professor of Public Administration at Central Michigan University, USA.

David K. Jesuit is Director of the School of Public Service and Global Citizenship and a Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University, USA.

Ian Roberge is Chair of the Department of Political Science and Associate Professor at Glendon College, York University, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

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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