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New Public Governance

A Regime-Centered Perspective, 1st Edition

By Douglas Morgan, Brian Cook


392 pages

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Written by scholars who have been at the forefront of the NPG debate as well as by scholar-practitioners, this book provides lessons learned from experience on how networked, contract-based and partnership-centered approaches to government can be undertaken in ways that preserve the values at the center of the American constitutional and political system.


"This volume is at the same time one of the most wide-ranging treatments of new public governance and one of the most coherent. The book itself mirrors the essence of what it advocates: a regime of diverse voices seeking to apply public values collaboratively as they articulate together an ideal of democratic governance." -- Charles T. Goodsell, Emeritus, Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy

"This important book bridges the worlds of scholarship and public affairs, offering ground-breaking theoretical insights as well as concrete applications to the world of public management. The authors creatively link the new public governance to strong democratic values, applying their ideas to local governing institutions in an innovative way." -- Rosemary O'Leary, The University of Kansas

Table of Contents


Part I. Developing a Theory of Governance for NPG: What Should Be at Its Center?

1. The Foundations of New Public Governance, Douglas F. Morgan and Craig W. Shinn

2. Why a Constitutional Approach Matters for Advancing New Public Governance, Stephanie P. Newbold

3. Institutional History and New Public Governance, Richard T. Green

4. A Value-Based Global Framework for New Public Governance, Douglas F. Morgan, Gary L. Larsen, Guoxian Bao, and Xuejun Wang

5. History as a Source of Values for New Public Governance, Donald P. Moynihan

6. Two Kinds of Rationality and Their Implications for New Public Governance, Michael W. Spicer

Part II. NPG and Local Governing Institutions: Transforming Deliberative Democracy into Action

7. The American Constitutional Legacy and the Deliberative Democracy Environment of New Public Governance, Vera Vogelsang-Coombs

8. Civic Capacity Assessment Framework, Margaret Banyan

9. Building Capacity in Culturally Diverse Communities Through Community Engagement in Hard Times, Claudia Maria Vargas

10. Forging Vertical and Horizontal Integration in Public Administration Leadership and Management, Gary L. Larsen

11. Civic Infrastructure and Capacity Building: Lessons from the Field, Don Bohn

12. Local Government as Polity Leadership: Implications for New Public Governance, Kent S. Robinson and Douglas F. Morgan

13. Interest-Based Deliberative Democracy in Natural Resource Management, Debra Whitall, Craig Thomas, Steve Brink, and Gina Bartlett

14. Multilevel Environmental Governance of Conservation Programs, Shpresa Halimi and Craig W. Shinn

Part III. Public Service Education and Leadership in an Age of NPG

15. Regime Leadership for Public Servants, Brian J. Cook

16. Competing Needs, Expectations, and Realities in Local Government Education, Phillip J. Cooper

17. Agency in Networks: Implications for Theory and Practice in the New Public Governance, Eric T. (Rick) Mogren

18. EMERGE: Public Leadership for Sustainable Development, Kristen Magis, Marcus Ingle, and Ngo Huy Duc

19. Preparing the Next Generation for Local Government Leadership, Scott Lazenby

20. Educating Leaders for New Public Governance: Public Administration as a Liberal Art, Douglas F. Morgan

21. Rethinking U.S. Public Administration Doctoral Education in the Age of New Public Governance, Stephanie P. Newbold and David H. Rosenbloom

22. Educating for New Public Governance: Civic Engagement and the Liberal Arts, Kevin Kecskes, Masami Nishishiba, and Douglas F. Morgan

23. Epilogue: Research Questions to Improve the Theory and Practice of NPG, Douglas F. Morgan, Craig W. Shinn, and Brian J. Cook


About the Authors


About the Authors

Douglas Morgan is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and Director of the Executive MPA Program in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, USA. He has held a variety of public positions, both elected and appointed. His research interests focus on the role career public administrators play in ensuring effective and responsive systems of local democratic governance. He is coauthor of Foundations of Public Service (2013) Budgeting for Local Governments and Communities (2014). His work has appeared in the Handbook of Administrative Ethics, Oregon Politics and Government, The International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, and Administrative Theory & Practice.

Brian J. Cook is Professor and Chair of the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) at Virginia Tech, USA. His teaching and scholarly interests center on public administration and constitutionalism, public administration and American political development, and the politics of public policy design and implementation, especially in the area of environmental policy. His most recent book is Democracy and Administration: Woodrow Wilson’s Ideas and the Challenges of Public Management (2007). He has served as a policy analyst, advisor, research consultant to several federal, state, and local government agencies. He is currently completing a revised edition of his 1996 book Bureaucracy and Self-Government.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Legislative Branch
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General