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    DescriptionSince the late 1980s the quality of public services has become a major focus of attention for politicians, managers and citizens, but surprisingly there has been little material with a truly European focus. This book remedies this absence. Part One provides a theoretical framework which helps the reader make sense of the detail contained in the later case studies. It also locates quality improvement in the special political and organizational context of the public sector. It shows how choosing a particular concept of quality has significant political and organizational consequences and also discusses how quality may be measured. In Part Two seven case studies illuminate detailed operational issues in quality improvement by drawing on the experience of a range of different types of public services from a number of countries. The third part reviews the general lessons of the case studies in terms of fitting strategies for improvement to the purposes and circumstances of the organization in question, and reflects upon the nature of service quality and the range of approaches to its improvement.


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    Title
    Quality Improvement in European Public Services
    Subtitle
    Concepts, Cases and Commentary
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Christopher Pollitt, Edited by Geert Bouckaert
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780803974647
    ISBN 10: 0803974647
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: BUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
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    B&T General Subject: 650
    BISAC V2.8: POL019000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Approval Code: A48449200
    BISAC V2.8: POL028000
    B&T Approval Code: A41306000
    DC20: 361.94
    DC22: 361/.0068/5
    LC classification: JN94.A69 T676 1995
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 361.00685
    LC classification: 95068137
    Sage Categories:
    Thema V1.0: KJM, JBF
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    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Sage Publications Ltd
    Imprint name
    Sage Publications Ltd
    Publication date
    11 August 1995
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    'Pollitt and Bouckaert have taken a European perspective. The benefit of [this] approach is that it can help illuminate different political and value stances towards the context within which public services operate and hence the agenda for quality improvement. For the UK reader, this is particularly well illustrated in Pollitt and Bouckaert's chapters - especially the discussion of German local government and quality management and assessment in European higher education... [the] two closing chapters, which provide a strong analysis of quality improvement approaches drawing on the case studies' - Local Government Studies 'This book should be read widely. It has obvious relevance for scholars of public administration, especially those interested in the reform processes that have been reshaping (often radically) the public sector in the most industrialized democracies. It also should be read by practitioners responsible for implementing programs for quality improvements within their governments. Perhaps more than anyone else, this book should be required reading for political and administrative leaders who believe that implementing quality programs is a quick and easy way to produce positive change in the public sector, and that quality is a simple goal to identify, create and then measure. The analyses herein should disabuse officials of overly simplistic notions and enable them to understand the complexity of the concept of quality... The several introductory chapters are particularly valuable as antidotes to the excessively facile assumptions about the capacity to generate quality in public services. The editors point to the number of alternative definitions of quality, and the number of actors involved in the production and evaluation of quality services. Pollitt and Bouckaert point out very clearly that quality is a multi-polar concept and that services that satisfy the producers of services may not satisfy customers, although vice versa is perhaps more likely. The chapters describing different national experiences in promoting quality contain important lessons extracted from central to subnational governments, and from policy areas as varied as defense, police and education... The case studies... provide greater understanding of quality within the public sector and its role in shaping contemporary management... this book presents unusually cogent examinations of the way the ideas of quality in the public sector have been developed and implemented, provoking healthy skepticism about the concept and a desire to pursue further ideas about how to improve public sector management' - Journal of Public Policy 'Following a successful series of seminars at Brunel University, the many issues relating to Quality Improvement in Public Services were documented and discussed in this text... An excellent book, well worth reading' - The International Journal of Health Care and Quality Assurance
    Table of contents
    Introduction PART ONE: DEFINITION AND OPERATIONALIZATION Defining Quality - Christopher Pollitt and Geert Bouckaert Measuring Quality - Geert Bouckaert PART TWO: CASE STUDIES Quality Measurement and Quality Assurance in European Higher Education - Frans van Vught and Don F Westerheijden Quality in the French Public Service - Sylvie Trosa Quality Improvement in German Local Government - Helmut Klages et al Quality Improvement in Local Service Contracts - Lucy Gaster Environmental Services in Harlow Quality in Swedish Higher Education - Hellen Westlund A Pilot Study Costing Non-Conformance at an NHS Hospital - Richard Joss A Pilot Study Quality Improvement in the Dutch Department of Defence - Nico Mol Enhancing Quality in the Police Service - Stephen Hanney Leicestershire Constabulary PART THREE: OVERVIEW Improvement Strategies - Christopher Pollitt Concluding Reflections - Geert Bouckaert