1st Edition

Sustainable Public Management

Edited By Neil M. Boyd, Eric C. Martin Copyright 2022
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sustainable Public Management explores key issues in public sector sustainable management that span from Nation/State to local government. It highlights state-of-the art articulations of public-private partnerships, public engagement, inter-organizational networks, sustainability policy, strategy, standard setting, and reporting. Sustainable management is an important topic across organizational forms in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors because of the its practice is tied to some of the most pressing environmental and social problems that exist in the world. The public sector is especially important due to its scale and scope across the globe, the tangible impacts that public service delivery can make in resource efficiency and effectiveness, and in directly tackling critical sustainable development goals.

    This book will be of great value to scholars, students, and policymakers interested in Public Administration and Management, Sustainable Management and Development.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Public Management Review.

    Part I: National & State-Level

    1. Public–private partnerships as instruments to achieve sustainability-related objectives: the state of the art and a research agenda

    Alexander Pinz, Nahid Roudyani and Julia Thaler

    2. Public engagement in governance for sustainability: a two-tier assessment approach and illustrations from New Zealand

    Valentina Dinica

    3. Understanding the puzzle of organizational sustainability: toward a conceptual framework of organizational social connectedness and sustainability

    Alisa Moldavanova and Holly T. Goerdel

    4. Aiming for a sustainable future: conceptualizing public open foresight

    Lisa Schmidthuber and Melanie Wiener

    5. Seeds of distrust: conflicts over sustainable development in a local fracking policy network in New York State

    Junesoo Lee and Jeongyoon Lee

    Part II: Local Government

    6. Sustainability management, strategy and reform in local government

    Eric S. Zeemering

    7. All are not created equal: assessing local governments’ strategic approaches towards sustainability

    Hyunjung Ji and Nicole Darnall

    8. Sustainability standard setting as local government matter: an Italian experience

    Francesca Pepe, Sergio Paternostro and Patrizio Monfardini

    9. Sustainability reporting by local governments: a magic tool? Lessons on use and usefulness from European pioneers

    Ludger Niemann and Thomas Hoppe


    Neil M. Boyd is David J. & Deborah West Professor of Management in the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA. His published work examines topics in human resource management, organization development, and managing for sustainability. His work has appeared in leading publication outlets in the fields of management, public management, and community psychology.

    Eric C. Martin is Professor of Management in the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA. His published work explores the management of interorganizational and cross-sectoral relationships in complex humanitarian emergencies, and his work has appeared in leading publication outlets in public administration, public management, and non-profit management journals.