Public Management Reform: A Comparative Analysis - New Public Management, Governance, and the Neo-weberian State

Public Management Reform: A Comparative Analysis - New Public Management, Governance, and the Neo-weberian State


By (author) Christopher Pollitt, By (author) Geert Bouckaert


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 248mm x 34mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 7 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199595089
  • ISBN 13: 9780199595082
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 1,608,200

Product description

Since its publication in 2000, Public Management Reform has established itself as the standard text in the field, presenting a comparative analysis of recent changes in Public Management and Public Administration in a range of countries in Europe, North America, and Australasia. This third edition has been completely rewritten to incorporate a mass of recent empirical data and to introduce a new theoretical and conceptual framework by identifying three leading visions of reform. Chapters analyse key debates, the process of change, different national systems and trajectories, results, political factors, and paradoxes and trade-offs in an integrated volume. Covering reforms over a thirty-year period (1980-2010), the book offers a detailed and structured comparison of twelve countries and the EU Commission by means of an unparalleled synthesis of evidence and sources. Extensive factual appendices provide an invaluable resource for students.

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Author information

Geert Bouckaert is past-President of the European Group for Public Administration, and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences. He publishes extensively on performance management and reform in the public sector.

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a seminal contribution to the discipline ... well written and accessible to a wide audience ... skilfully weaves a comparative viewpoint throughout and looks at public sector management from a broad all-encompassing perspective. The third edition will likely have a greater impact and a wider readership than the first two because its publication comes at a critical time ... Public Management Reforms stands out from its peers as a remarkably impartial look at how twelve governments have sought to reform their operations. The book will stand the test of time and take its place among the classics in public administration. Donald J. Savoie, Universite de Moncton

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Comparative Public Management Reform: an Introduction to the Key Debates ; 2. Problems and Responses: a Model of Public Management Reform ; 3. Many Houses: Types of Politico-Administrative Regime ; 4. Trajectories of Modernization and Reform ; 5. Results: Through a Glass Darkly ; 6. Politics and Management ; 7. Trade-Offs, Balances, Limits, Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Paradoxes ; 8. Reflections ; APPENDIX A: THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXT ; APPENDIX B: COUNTRY FILES ; Australia ; Belgium ; Canada ; European Commission ; Finland ; France ; Germany ; Italy ; The Netherlands ; New Zealand ; Sweden ; United Kingdom ; United States of America