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Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management


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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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Civic Engagement, Community-Based Initiatives and Governance Capacity An International Perspective

Civic Engagement, Community-Based Initiatives and Governance Capacity: An International Perspective

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Jurian Edelenbos, Astrid Molenveld, Ingmar van Meerkerk
December 30, 2020

This book intends to theoretically conceptualize and empirically investigate upcoming and established practices of community-based initiatives in various countries in which both citizens and governments join efforts and capacities to solve wicked issues. It aims to include and compare cases from ...

Public Service Logic Creating Value for Public Service Users, Citizens, and Society Through Public Service Delivery

Public Service Logic: Creating Value for Public Service Users, Citizens, and Society Through Public Service Delivery

1st Edition

By Stephen P. Osborne
October 30, 2020

This book is based upon and extends the theoretical and empirical work of the author over the last decade. It integrates material deriving from his previous conceptual and empirical work in this field, together with new empirical evidence from emerging research.  Public Service Logic ...

Reimagining Public Managers Delivering Public Value

Reimagining Public Managers: Delivering Public Value

1st Edition

By Usman W. Chohan
September 04, 2020

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 ...

Governing the Reformed University

Governing the Reformed University

1st Edition

Edited By Niels Ejersbo, Carsten Greve, Signe Pihl-Thingvad
December 02, 2019

Universities are important public institutions and are seen as key drivers for a country’s economic and intellectual development. Their ability to deliver relevant research and education at the highest level have an impact on growth and progress in society, and governments attempt to control and ...

Collaborative Governance for Local Economic Development Lessons from Countries around the World

Collaborative Governance for Local Economic Development: Lessons from Countries around the World

1st Edition

Edited By Denita Cepiku, So Hee Jeon, David K. Jesuit
November 11, 2019

Although collaborations for local and regional economic development have been popular in recent years, it is not yet wholly clear when or how such efforts bring successful outcomes. Using an integrative conceptual framework for collaborative governance, this innovative collection provides a ...

Networks and Collaboration in the Public Sector Essential research approaches, methodologies and analytic tools

Networks and Collaboration in the Public Sector: Essential research approaches, methodologies and analytic tools

1st Edition

Edited By Joris Voets, Robyn Keast, Christopher Koliba
August 22, 2019

Networks and other collaborations are central to the public sector’s ability to respond to their diverse responsibilities, from international development and regional governance, to policy development and service provision. Great strides have been made toward understanding their formation, ...

Public Service Management and Asylum Co-production, Inclusion and Citizenship

Public Service Management and Asylum: Co-production, Inclusion and Citizenship

1st Edition

By Kirsty Strokosch
June 17, 2019

Co-production occurs when citizens actively participate in the design and delivery of public services. The concept and its practice are of increasing interest among policymakers, public service managers and academics alike, with co-production often being described as a revolutionary solution to ...

Ethics Management in the Public Service A Sensory-based Strategy

Ethics Management in the Public Service: A Sensory-based Strategy

1st Edition

By Liza Ireni-Saban, Galit Berdugo
June 07, 2019

Ethics Management in the Public Service offers a new perspective for ethics management in the Public Administration. The traditional approaches, relying on codified rules, regulations, and guidelines, have not yielded the results expected of them and have not managed to serve as an effective tool ...

Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services

Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services

1st Edition

By Paresh Wankhade, Leo McCann, Peter Murphy
May 29, 2019

Critical Perspectives in Emergency Services Management makes an important contribution to the subject of emergency services management and to public administration and organization studies more generally. It critically assesses developments in emergency services management by examining the ...

The Projectification of the Public Sector

The Projectification of the Public Sector

1st Edition

Edited By Damian Hodgson, Mats Fred, Simon Bailey, Patrik Hall
March 18, 2019

In recent decades, we have witnessed an increasing use of projects and similar temporary modes of organising in the public sector of nations in Europe and around the world. While for some this is a welcome development which unlocks entrepreneurial zeal and renders public services more flexible and ...

Public Administration Reformation Market Demand from Public Organizations

Public Administration Reformation: Market Demand from Public Organizations

1st Edition

Edited By Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Mahmud Shareef, Sanjay K Pandey, Vinod Kumar
August 23, 2018

In an attempt to instil trust in their performance, credibility, integrity, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and good governance, many public organizations are in effect viewing tax-paying citizens as consumers. Little research exists to explore synergies between the market economy, public ...

Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management Tackling the Critical Challenges

Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management: Tackling the Critical Challenges

1st Edition

Edited By Luke Craven, Helen Dickinson, Gemma Carey
November 26, 2018

This book aims to develop four key challenges that remain unresolved in the boundary-spanning literature, which span from the conceptual, to the practice, to the translational. In doing so, it tackles the question of boundary-spanning from four different angles, providing an in-depth investigation ...

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