1st Edition

Theory and Practice of Public Sector Reform

Edited By Steven Van de Walle, Sandra Groeneveld Copyright 2017
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Theory and Practice of Public Sector Reform offers readers differing theoretical perspectives to help examine the process of public sector reform, combined with an overview of major trends in the core areas of the functioning of the public sector. The book consists of three parts, the first addresses a number of conceptual and theoretical perspectives on public sector reform. It shows how different ways of looking at reform reveal very different things. The second part addresses major changes in specific areas of public sectors – 'objects of reform.’ Part three focuses on the study of public sector reform.

    Aimed at academics, researchers and advanced students; this edited collection brings together many of the most eminent academics in the area of Public Policy and Management seeking to link to theory in part one and insights into specific thematic areas in part two, offering readers a display of theoretical perspectives to look at public sector reform.

    1. Introduction: Theory and Practice of Public Sector Reform

    Steven Van de Walle and Sandra Groeneveld

    Part 1: Perspectives on Public Sector Reform

    2. An Institutional Perspective

    Johan P. Olsen

    3. A Transformative Perspective

    Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

    4. A Principal-Agent Perspective

    Sandra Van Thiel

    5. An Innovation Perspective

    Victor Bekkers and Lars Tummers

    6. A Change Management Perspective

    Joris van der Voet, Ben S. Kuipers and Sandra Groeneveld

    7. A Cultural Theory Perspective

    Christopher Hood

    8. An Interpretive Perspective

    R.A.W. Rhodes

    Part 2: Objects of Reform

    9. Reforming Organizational Structures

    Steven Van de Walle

    10. Bureaucrats and Politicians: Reform Begets Reform

    B. Guy Peters

    11. The Shift toward Network Governance: Drivers, Characteristics and Manifestations

    Erik-Hans Klijn and Joop Koppenjan

    12. Management of Human Resources: Trends and Variation

    Sandra Groeneveld and Bram Steijn

    13. Public Management Reform and Public Professionalism

    Mirko Noordegraaf

    14. Recent Shifts in Public Financial Management

    Tiina Randma and Geert Bouckaert

    Part 3: Studying and Practicing Reform

    15. Public Sector Reform amidst Societal and Administrative Shifts

    Kim Putters

    16. Two Varieties of Administrative Reform: US vs. Europe

    Richard Stillman

    17. Becoming a Student of Reform

    Frans-Bauke van der Meer, Christoph Reichard and Arthur Ringeling


    Steven Van de Walle is Research Professor at the Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven, Belgium, and Professor of Public Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    Sandra Groeneveld is Professor of Public Management at the Institute of Public Administration of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

    "This book fills a gap in thought leadership on public sector reform. It consolidates current theory, themes, and perspectives from leading scholars, thereby raising consciousness of the too neglected reform pulse of public management."John K. Wilkins, York University, Canada