The Essential Public Manager

The Essential Public Manager

Paperback Public Policy and Management

By (author) Christopher Pollitt

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  • Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 14mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335212328
  • ISBN 13: 9780335212323
  • Illustrations note: references, index
  • Sales rank: 311,097

Product description

This is a new kind of book on public management. Using conversations, cases and original sources, it engages, in a challenging and amusing way, with the key themes and problems of the field. After writing many conventional books and articles, Christopher Pollitt has turned to this novel approach in order to offer students, teachers and practitioners alike a refreshing introduction to both the 'classic' and the most fashionable issues in public management. The book provides a vigorous overview of such crucial topics as the differences and similarities between public and private sector management, the nature of the 'New Public Management', the development of networks and partnerships, the impacts of politics and citizen participation on public administration, changes in the ethics and value climate for public servants, and the fundamental question of what kind of advice academics can (and cannot) offer to practising managers. It is international in its scope and draws upon examples and sources from Europe, North America and Australasia. Although the style is lively and informal, the text is built upon a very wide range of academic writing and research. For those who wish to go deeper at any point, each chapter offers a summary of the literature and guidance on further sources. "The Essential Public Manager" offers readers a stimulating journey through the challenges facing those who run the basic systems and services in our societies. It constitutes a valuable new source for students, teachers and practising managers alike.

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Author information

Christopher Pollitt is Professor of Public Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In a varied career, he has worked as a Whitehall civil servant and researched and taught as an academic in the UK, the USA, Belgium and the Netherlands. He has also served as an advisor to many key public sector organizations, including the OECD, the World Bank, the European Commission, the UK National Audit Office and various ministries in the UK, Canada and Finland.

Table of contents

Introduction Public sector, private sector where would we be without a few good stereotypes? The New Public Management revolution or fad? Partnerships, networks, joined-up governance, the information age (and all that) Politicians, citizens, participation and accountability public managers facing every which way? Evaluation how do we measure success? Values, ethics and motives what makes public managers tick? Getting and giving advice on public management References Index.