Public Management Reform: A Comparative Analysis

Public Management Reform: A Comparative Analysis

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

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 362 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 244mm x 24mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199268495
  • ISBN 13: 9780199268498
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: numerous tables and figures
  • Sales rank: 384,759

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 completely rewritten second edition radically expands, develops, and updates the original. Two countries have been added to the comparison (making twelve countries in all) and a much fuller treatment has been provided of the European Commission (including a commentary on the recent reforms led by Vice-President Kinnock). Empirical data has been brought up to date, so as to cover many key developments of the last few years. The theoretical framework of the book has been further developed, including a challenging new interpretation of the trends in continental Europe, which are seen here as markedly different from the Anglo-American style 'New Public Management'. This second edition provides an unparalleled synthesis of developments in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK, the USA, and the European Commission.It is organized in an integrated format, within an overall theoretical framework that identifies the main pressures for, and trajectories of, change. It includes a multi-dimensional analysis of the results of reform, and a chapter reflecting on the dynamic relationship between management reform and politics. Extensive appendices provide an invaluable information resource for students.

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Author information

Christopher Pollitt has worked in the UK, the USA, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Originally a Principal in the UK civil service, he later moved into the academic world. From 1990-98 he was Professor of Government at Brunel University in West London. He has served as Editor of the journal PublicAdministration (1980-89) and President of the European Evaluation Society (1996-98). Since 1999 he has been Professor of Public Management at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has also provided advice and consultancy to a number of international bodies including the UK National Audit Office, the European Commission, the OECD, and the World Bank. Geert Bouckaert is Professor of Public Management and Director of the Public Management Institute at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He is a member of several international editorial boards and founder of the Flemish journal of public management. He has provided advice and consultancy to several governments and the OECD.

Review quote

"What a wonderfully well-crafted work this is, the best thing available on public management"--Professor Laurence E. Lynn Jr., George Bush Chair and Professor of Public Affairs, Texas A&M University, "This is a rich and informative book which any researcher, lecturer, or student in the field of public management or administration will want to use."--Political Studies.

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The Nature of Public Management Reform; 2. Problems and Responses: A Model of Public Management Reform; 3. Many Houses: Types of Politico-Administrative Regimes; 4. Trajectories of Modernization and Reform; 5. Results: Through a Glass Darkly; 6. Politics and Management; 7. Trade-offs, Balances, Limits, Dilemmas, and Paradoxes; 8. Reflections: Management and Governance; Appendix A: The Economic and Socio-Demographic Context of Reform; Appendix B: Country Files