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Public Management in Times of Austerity

1st Edition

Edited by Eva Moll Sørensen, Hanne Foss Hansen, Mads Bøge Kristiansen


282 pages

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Since 2008, the world has experienced an enormous decrease of wealth. By many measures the impact of the crisis was severe. The fall in GDP, the collapse of world trade, the rise in unemployment, and the credit slump reached bigger proportions than in any other crisis since World War II. Although the economic figures seem to improve in some countries, the crisis continues being a challenging issue and is said to be one of the most important problems governments face today.

The crisis has put public finances under ever increasing pressure, and governments have responded through austerity measures such as new fiscal rules and budgeting procedures and cutbacks of public spending.

Public Management in Times of Austerity seeks to explore the austerity policies adopted by European governments and their consequences to public management. It asks how governments have implemented new rules leading to more stringency in public budgeting and financial management, and how they have cut back public expenditure. These questions are examined comparatively through case studies in different parts of Europe, and variations across countries are discussed and explained.

Throughout the volume, the consequences of the crisis and austerity policies for public management are discussed. What is the relationship between crisis and decision-making in the public sector, and how does austerity affect public-sector organisation? As the previous crisis in the 1970s resulted in a major reform movement, which was later referred to as New Public Management, Public Management in Times of Austerity look to understand whether the current crisis also leads to a wave of public management reform, and if so what is the content of this?

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1. Introduction

Eva Moll Ghin and Mads Bøge Kristiansen

2. Public Management in Times of Austerity – The Literature

Eva Moll Ghin and Mads Bøge Kristiansen

3. The Five Case Countries

Eva Moll Ghin and Mads Bøge Kristiansen

Part 2: Cutback Management in Times of Austerity

4. Germany an Outlier in Terms of Fiscal Adjustment

Jobst Fiedler, Gerhard Hammerschmid and Lorenz Löffler

5. Italy: A Tale of Path-Dependent Public Sector Shrinkage

Fabrizio Di Mascio, Davide Galli, Alessandro Natalini, and Edoardo Ongaro

6. Cutback Management in Denmark

Hanne Foss Hansen and Mads Bøge Kristiansen

7. Cutback Management in Ireland in the Wake of the Financial Crisis

Muiris MacCarthaigh and Niamh Hardiman

8. Cutback Management in Estonia During the Crisis of 2008-10 and Beyond

Riin Savi, Tiina Randma-Liiv, and Ringa Raudla

Part 3: Budgetary Reforms in Times of Austerity

9. New Fiscal Rules and Budgetary Reforms Supporting Fiscal Turnaround in Germany

Jobst Fiedler and Juliane Sarnes

10. Italy: Centralisation of Budgetary Processes as a Response to the Fiscal Crisis

Fabrizio Di Mascio, Alessandro Natalini, Edoardo Ongaro, and Francesco Stolfi

11. Budgetary Reform in Denmark in Times of Austerity

Eva Moll Ghin

12. Budgetary and Financial Management Reform in Ireland

Muiris MacCarthaigh and Niamh Hardiman

13. Budgeting and Financial Management Reforms in Estonia During the Crisis of 2008-10 and Beyond

Ringa Raudla, Tiina Randma-Liiv, and Riin Savi

Part 4: Comparative Analysis and Conclusion

14. Comparative Analysis and Conclusion

Eva Moll Ghin, Hanne Foss Hansen, and Mads Bøge Kristiansen

About the Editors

Eva Moll Ghin is post doc in public administration at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hanne Foss Hansen is professor in public administration and organization at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mads Bøge Kristiansen is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / Governmental
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Government & Business