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Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations
Beyond Reform

Edited By

James D. Ward

ISBN 9781138630642
Published April 19, 2017 by Routledge
322 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Successful change in the public sector can be supported or hindered by political and administrative leadership, individual and group motivation, and the public’s perception of the effectiveness of public officials and government structures. But do the very characteristics of public sector organizations present obstacles to successful transformative change? This book assesses the current state of the literature on leadership and change in government and public policy, and introduces the reader to innovative new ways to demonstrate leadership in times of change.

Contributions from accomplished scholars in the field cover the traditional public administration areas of performance and management, as well as the diversity of issues that surround public leadership and change, both domestic and global. Chapters on public sector innovation, performance leadership, governance networks, complexity in disaster management, change initiatives in educational systems and local government, citizen advisory bodies, and gender and race equality, to name but a few, provide important case studies throughout the volume. Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations will be required reading for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration/management, leadership, and public policy analysis.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction: Beyond Reform – Leadership, Change and the Role of Innovation

James D. Ward

Part 1: Ecology of Public Sector Innovation and Performance Literature

Chapter Two: Reinventing and Redesigning Government

James H. Svara

Chapter Three: Innovation and Organizational Survival Research

Eleanor D. Glor and Mario A. Rivera

Part 2: Governance and New Frontiers in Public Policy

Chapter Four: Cooperative and Collaborative Governance in a Networked Age

David Hamilton

Chapter Five: Chaos Theory, Disaster Policy, and Responses: Achieving the New Normal

Gretchen M. Richards

Part 3: Leadership and Change in Governing Systems

Chapter Six: Public Sector Compensation – School District Superintendents: Are we getting our monies worth?

Christopher Stream, Antonio Gutierrez, and Ashok EM Sudhakar

Chapter Seven: Implementing an Innovative Dream of Change: Lessons from Houston Community Colleges

Susan T. Gooden and Kasey J. Martin

Chapter Eight: Citizen Advisory Bodies: New Wine in Old Bottles?

Margaret Stout, George W. Dougherty, Jr., and Larkin Dudley

Chapter Nine: Local Government Reform, Convergence, and the Hybrid Model

James D. Ward

Part 4: Social Justice and Equality

Chapter Ten: Support for Gender Equality Duty Strategies among Local Government Officials in Texas

Thomas Longoria, Darlene Budd, and Lynn L. Manganaro

Chapter Eleven: Can Innovative Leadership Improve Community and Policing Relationships? Lessons Learned from Youngstown, Ohio

Cryshanna A. Jackson Leftwich

Chapter Twelve: Choice Points as a Framework for Decision-Making

Brandi Blessett and Tia Sherèe Gaynor

Chapter Thirteen: Conclusion: Scenarios and Common Themes in Leadership and Change

James D. Ward

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James D. Ward teaches in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University, Newark.