1st Edition

The New Public Governance? Emerging Perspectives on the Theory and Practice of Public Governance

Edited By Stephen P. Osborne Copyright 2010
    448 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    448 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Despite predictions that 'new public management' would establish itself as the new paradigm of Public Administration and Management, recent academic research has highlighted concerns about the intra-organizational focus and limitations of this approach. This book represents a comprehensive analysis of the state of the art of public management, examining and framing the debate in this important area.


    The New Public Governance? sets out to explore this emergent field of research and to present a framework with which to understand it. Divided into five parts, the book examines:


    • Theoretical underpinnings of the concept of governance, especially competing perspectives from Europe and the US
    • Governance of inter-organizational partnerships and contractual relationships
    • Governance of policy networks
    • Lessons learned and future directions


    Under the steely editorship of Stephen Osborne and with contributions from leading academics including Owen Hughes, John M. Bryson, Don Kettl, Guy Peters and Carsten Greve, this book will be of particular interest to researchers and students of public administration, public management, public policy and public services management.

    1. Introduction: The (New) Public Governance: A Suitable Case for Treatment? (Stephen P. Osborne)  Part I: Theoretical Perspectives on Public Governance  2. Global Perspectives on Governance (Patricia Kennett)  3. Meta-Governance and Public Management (B. Guy Peters)  4. Innovations in Governance (Mark Moore and Jean Hartley)  5. Governance and Governability (Jan Kooiman)  6. Does Governance Exist? (Owen Hughes)  7. What Endures? Public Governance and the Cycle of Reform (Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.)  Part II: Governance and Inter-Organizational Partnerships to Deliver Public Services  8. Theory of Organizational Partnerships: Partnership Advantages, Disadvantages and Success Factors (Ronald W. McQuaid)  9. Public-Private Partnerships and Public Governance Challenges (Carsten Greve and Graeme Hodge)  10. Introducing the Theory of Collaborative Advantage (Siv Vangen and Chris Huxham)  11. Relationship Marketing, Relational Capital and the Governance of Public Services Delivery (Stephen P. Osborne, Kate McLaughlin and Celine Chew)  12. Leading Across Frontiers: How Visionary Leaders Integrate People, Processes, Structures and Resources (Barbara C. Crosby, John M. Bryson and Melissa M. Stone)  13. Public Governance and the Third Sector: Opportunities for Co-Production and Innovation? (Victor Pestoff and Taco Brandsen)  Part III: Governance of Contractual Relationships  14. Governance, Contract Management and Public Management (Donald F. Kettl)  15. Governance of Outsourcing and Contractual Relationships (Federica Farneti, Emanuele Padovani and David W. Young)  16. The Governance of Contracting Relationships: "Killing the Golden Goose": A Third-Sector Perspective (Steven Rathgeb Smith and Judith Smyth)  Part IV: Governance of Inter-Organizational Networks  17. Trust in Governance Networks: Looking for Conditions for Innovative Solutions and Outcomes (Erik-Hans Klijn)  18. Implementation and Managerial Networking in the New Public Governance (Laurence J. O’Toole Jr, and Kenneth J. Meier)  19. From New Public Management to Networked Community Governance? Strategic Local Public Service Networks in England (Steve Martin)  Part V: Governance of Policy Networks  20. Policy Networks: Theory and Practice (Tobias Jung)  21. Policy Networks in Practice: The Debate on the Future of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (Menno Huys and Joop Koppenjan)  22. Governance, Networks and Policy Change: The Case of Cannabis in the United Kingdom (Beatriz Acevedo and Richard Common)  23. Conclusions: Public Governance and Public Services Delivery: A Research Agenda for the Future (Stephen P. Osborne)


    Stephen P. Osborne is Professor of International Public Management and Director of the Centre for Public Services Research at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is President of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) and Editor of Public Management Review (PMR).

    ‘Stephen Osborne is to be congratulated for assembling an impressive array of contributors and producing a text which makes a major contribution to the debates about this emerging paradigm.’ - Robert Pyper, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    'This book showcases the best writing on ‘public governance’, bringing together new research in institutional analysis, policy dynamics, and government-society relationships. It provides a good balance of conceptual insights and empirical analysis grounded in the large changes evident in advanced countries in recent decades.' - Brian Head, University of Queensland, Australia

    'This text, edited by Stephen Osborne, may do as much for critical insight to Europe’s public service delivery as the David Osborne and Ted Gaebler text on Reinventing Government did for the United States in the 1990s in refocusing the public sector for improvement.' - Dean F. Eitel, DePaul University, USA