The Public Services under Reconstruction

Client experiences, professional practices, managerial control

By Marja Gastelaars

© 2008 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

This book examines the services in and around the public domain. The author analyses a number of socio-cultural changes that are generally considered relevant to these services, including the rationalising efforts of the New Public Management and the introduction of IT. The book particularly addresses the diversity of services. It focuses on the local complexities of their day to day processes of service delivery, and on the diversity of client experiences and professional roles associated with various client relationships.

A practical objective of this book is to encourage its readers to ‘redefine’ the services they professionally deal with, and move beyond the standard requirements of the New Public Management that are so often taken for granted as a starting point. Professional managers are, for instance, invited to reconsider their currently quite dominant ‘technical’ managerial perspective. Service professionals are encouraged to make sense of the risks and responsibilities involved with their day to day negotiations, including the impact of the services on the lives of their clients. Gastelaars adopts and interpretive approach to her subject, combining discourse analysis and ethnographic research to concentrate on the actual practices associated with service delivery, rather than on theories and justifications.

Table of Contents

1. The Services In and Around the Public Domain, 2. Meanwhile, in Society, 3. 'Why are we Here?' Core Services and Client Relationships, 4. The (Re)construction of the Services: (Re)routing the Clients, 5. Whatever it Takes! The Organizational Relevance of professional responsibilities, 6. 'What am I doing here?' The Client Experience, 7. The New Management: About 'Process' and 'Control', 8. Conclusion: Where Are We Now?

About the Author

Marja Gastelaars is Assistant Professor at the Utrecht School of Governance in the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

Management, Organizations and Society represents innovative work grounded in new realities; addressing issues crucial to an understanding of the contemporary world. This is the world of organized societies, where boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, local and global organizations have been displaced or vanished along with other nineteenth century dichotomies and oppositions. Management, apart from becoming a specialised profession for a growing number of people, is an everyday activity for most members of modern societies. Management, Organizations and Society will address these contemporary dynamics of transformation in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, with work which will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS047000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Negotiating
BUS074000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
POL019000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare