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Public Policy and the Neo-Weberian State

1st Edition

Edited by Stanisław Mazur, Piotr Kopycinski


176 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The neo-Weberian state constitutes an attempt to combine the Weberian model of administration with the principles laid down during the retreat from the bureaucratic management paradigm (new public management and public governance). The concept of neo-Weberian state involves changing the model of operation of administrative structures from an inward-oriented one, focused on compliance with internal rules, into a model focused on meeting citizens’ needs (not by resorting to commercialisation, as is the case with new public management, but by building appropriate quality of administration).

This book discusses the context of the neo-Weberian approach and its impact on the processes of societal transformation. Further, it identifies and systematises the theoretical and functional elements of the approach under consideration. This volume includes comparative analyses of the neo-Weberian state and public management paradigms. In the empirical part of the work, its authors review selected policies (economic, innovation, industrial, labour, territorial, urban management, and health) from the perspective of tools typical of the neo-Weberian approach. This part also includes a critical scrutiny of changes which have taken place in the framework of selected policies in recent decades. The study assesses the appropriateness of the neo-Weberian approach to the management of public affairs regarding countries which have modernised their public administrations in its spirit. One of the aims of this analysis is to answer the question whether the application of neo-Weberian ideas may result in qualitative changes in the context of public policies. The final part of the book covers implications for public management resulting from the concept of neo-Weberian state.

Public Policy and the Neo-Weberian State is suitable for researchers and students who study political economy, public policy and modern political theory.

Table of Contents




Chapter One

The Origins and Trends in the Neo-Weberian Approach

Marek Ćwiklicki, Stanisław Mazur

Chapter Two

The Social and Political Context of the neo-Weberian State

Michał Możdżeń, Michał Żabiński

Chapter Three

The neo-Weberian State and Paradigms of Public Management

Stanisław Mazur, Marek Oramus




Chapter Four

The Neo-Weberian Approach in Economic Policy

Tomasz Geodecki

Chapter Five

The neo-Weberian Approach in Innovation Policy

Piotr Kopyciński

Chapter Six

The Neo-Weberian Public Management Model in the Context of Labour Market Policy in Poland

Maciej Frączek

Chapter Seven

The Neo-Weberian Approach in Industrial Policy

Łukasz Mamica

Chapter Eight

The Neo-Weberian Approach in Health Policy in Selected Countries

Jacek Klich

Chapter Nine

The neo-Weberian Approach in Territorial Policy

Piotr Kopyciński

Chapter Ten

The Neo-Weberian Approach as a Public Management Model in Urban Areas

Michał Kudłacz


The Neo-Weberian Concept of State and its Implications for Public Management

Paweł Białynicki-Birula, Jakub Głowacki, Jacek Klich

About the Editors

Stanislaw Mazur is Professor at the Cracow University of Economics, Faculty of Public Economy and Administration, Poland, and is Dean of the Faculty of Public Economy and Administration.

Piotr Kopycinski is Assistant Professor at the Cracow University of Economics, Faculty of Public Economy and Administration, Poland, and is an expert in more than 20 research and implementation projects in the analysis of public policy, innovation, local and regional development.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General