3rd Edition

Public Management and Governance

Edited By Tony Bovaird, Elke Loeffler Copyright 2016
    446 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    446 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Public Management and Governance examines the factors which make government critically important and the barriers which often stop it being effective. It questions what it means to have effective policies, efficient management and good quality public services, and it explores how the process of governing could be improved. Key themes include:

    • the challenges and pressures facing governments around the world;
    • the changing role of the public sector in a ‘mixed economy’ of provision;
    • governance issues such as ethics, equalities, transparency and citizen engagement.

    This revised and updated third edition includes eight new chapters which provide in-depth coverage of key new aspects of public management and governance. It also features a wide selection of international case studies and illuminating examples of how public policy, management and governance can be improved – and what happens when they fail. Each chapter is supplemented with discussion questions, group and individual exercises, case studies and recommendations on further reading.

    Public Management and Governance is one of the leading student textbooks in its field, featuring contributions from top international authors and covering a wide range of key topics in depth. It is an essential resource for all students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in public management, public administration, government and public policy.

    Part I: From Public Management to Governance  1. Understanding Public Management and Governance (Tony Bovaird and Elke Löffler)  2. The Changing Context of Public Policy (Tony Bovaird and Elke Löffler)  3. The Changing Shape of the Public Sector (Peter M. Jackson)  4. Public Management Reforms Across OECD Countries (Nick ManningPart II: Public Management  5. Strategic Management in the Public Sector (Tony Bovaird)  6. Marketing in Public Sector Organizations (Tony Bovaird)  7. Contracting for Public Services (Andrew Erridge and Carsten Greve)  8. Financial Management in Public Sector Organizations (Yunxiao Xu and James L. Chan)  9. Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector (Elke Löffler and Catherine Staite)  10. Digital Technology, Information Policy and Social Media in Public Services (Christine Bellamy and Dominic Campbell)  11. Performance Measurement and Management in Public Sector Organizations (Geert Bouckaert and Wouter Van Dooren)  12. Quality Management in Public Sector Organizations (Tony Bovaird and Elke Löffler)  13. Process Management in Public Sector Organizations (Kuno Schedler and Utz Helmuth)  14. Public Services Inspection (James Downe and Steve MartinPart III: Public Governance  15. Public Governance in a Network Society (Elke Löffler)  16. Democratic Governance: The role of politics and politicians (Abena Dadze-Arthur and Chris Skelcher)  17. Partnership Working Across Public and Private Sectors (Tony Bovaird and Erik Hans Klijn)  18. Decentralized Management: Agencies and ‘arm’s-length’ bodies (Christopher Pollitt)  19. Managing Networks and Complex Adaptive Systems (Christopher Koliba and Joop Koppenjan)  20. Public Leadership (Mike Broussine and Richard F. Callahan)  21. The PerformanceStat Leadership Strategy (Robert D. Behn)  22. Citizen Engagement (Elke Löffler and Steve Martin)  23. Co-Production of Public Services and Outcomes (Elke Löffler)  24. Transparency in Government (Alasdair Roberts)  25. Changing Equalities: Politics, policies and practice (Janet Newman and Rachel Ashworth)  26. Ethics and Standards of Conduct (Howard Davis and Suzanne J. Piotrowski)  27. Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (Annette Boaz and Sandra NutleyPart IV: … And Finally  28. Public Management and Governance: The future? (Tony Bovaird and Elke Löffler)


    Tony Bovaird is Emeritus Professor of Public Management and Policy at the University of Birmingham and a Director of Governance International, UK. He has published widely in strategic management, public policy evaluation, and public services management.

    Elke Loeffler is Chief Executive of Governance International, UK. She has published widely in public governance, quality management in the public sector and user and community co-production of public services.

    ‘This book is already an established and highly regarded text in its field. This revised version further strengthens its comprehensiveness, quality and relevance for aspiring and practising public managers.’ - John Alford, Australia and New Zealand School of Government, co-author of ‘Rethinking Public Service Delivery’

    ‘Countries around the world are wrestling with complex budgetary and political challenges related to the effective and efficient delivery of public services to the citizenry. Consequently, this new book, Public Management and Governance, edited by Tony Bovaird and Elke Loeffler will be especially welcomed by public managers, policymakers, and scholars interested in the improvement of the public services. The book is a terrific resource for classroom use, public management reform, and future scholarship on the changing public services.’ - Steven Rathgeb Smith, George Washington University and Director, American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), USA

    ‘This book provides essential reading for those interesting in transforming our public services. The challenges are great and this book helps us think through what needs to change. We need to understand better what works and the debates and evidence reviewed in this book take us a long way down that path.’ - Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, UK and University of Canberra, Australia