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Reimagining Public Managers
Delivering Public Value

ISBN 9780367544096
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
152 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Public value theory speaks to the co-creation of value between politicians, citizens, and public managers, with a focus on the public manager in terms of her contributions, initiatives, and limitations in value creation. But just who are public managers? Public value regularly treats the "public manager" as synonymous with bureaucrat, government official, civil servant, or public administrator. However, the categories of public managers represent a more versatile and expansive set of agents in society than they are given credit for, and the discourse of public value has typically not delved sufficiently into the variety of possible cadres that might comprise the "public manager."

This book seeks to go beyond the assumed understandings of who the public manager is and what she does. It does so by examining the processes of value creation that are driven by non-traditional sets of public managers, which include the judiciary, the armed forces, multilateral institutions, and central banks. It applies public value tools to understand their value creation and uses their unique attributes to inform our understanding of public value theory. Tailored to an audience comprising public administration scholars, students of government, public officials, practitioners, and social scientists interested in contemporary problems of values in society, this book helps to advance public administration thought by re-examining the theory’s ultimate protagonist: the public manager. It therefore constitutes an important effort to take public value theory forward by going "beyond" conceptions of the public manager as she has thus far been understood.

Table of Contents

About the Author


Introductory Quote

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Acronyms & Abbreviations


Chapter 1: Introduction

The Public Manager as Protagonist

The Ambiguities of PVT

The aim of this book

The Structure of this Book

Chapter 2: The Judiciary as Public Manager

Public Value and the Judiciary

Judicial Performance

The Strategic Triangle

Judicial Activism and Politics-Administration Dichotomy

Judicial Value Creation


Chapter 3: The Armed Forces as Public Managers


Defense & Security as Public Goods

Collective Security & PV Destruction as Creation

Armed forces in non-defense value creation

The Strategic Triangle

Legitimacy and Recognition

Operational Resources

Armed Forces as Arbiters of Value


Chapter 4: Multilateral Public Managers


The IMF as institution of multilateral public managers

Who creates value for whom?

The Strategic Triangle

Legitimacy: reciprocal legitimation

Recognition of value: the urgent and the important

Operational resources: surrender and obsolescence

Multilateral PV Problems

Leadership of a World Public


Value Destruction


Chapter 5: Central Banks as Public Managers


The Value Creation of Central Banks

Central Bank Independence the Politics-Administration Dichotomy

The Arbiters of Value?

Strategic Triangle for Central Banks


Recognition of Value

Operational Resources

Measuring the Value of Value

The Rhetoric of Central Banks


Chapter 6: Conclusion: The Kaleidoscope of Public Managers

Strategic Triangle Approaches

Recent Questions in Public Value

Lessons for NTMs

Interplay between NTMs


Outfield Value

Politics-Administration Dichotomy

Limitations & Future Research

So who are the Public Managers?


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Usman W. Chohan, PhD, is a public value theorist who serves as Director for Economics and National Affairs at the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS), and has been a post-doctoral fellow at UNSW Canberra, Australia. He has previously served at the National Bank of Canada and the World Bank. He was included among Australia’s 50 Top Thinkers by the Conversation in 2016. He has resided in ten countries on five continents and is President of the International Association of Hyperpolyglots, with fluency in eight different languages. He has been a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and is today included among the leading Business Authors in the rankings of the Social Science Research Network. His most recent book, published by Routledge, is Public Value Theory and Budgeting: International Perspectives.