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Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

Series Editor: Stephen P Osborne

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

New and Published Books

1-10 of 25 results in Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management
  1. Making Public Policy Decisions

    Expertise, skills and experience

    Edited by Damon Alexander, Jenny M. Lewis

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    To understand public policy decisions, it is imperative to understand the capacities of the individual actors who are making them, how they think and feel about their role, and what drives and motivates them. However, the current literature takes little account of this, preferring instead to frame...

    Published December 21st 2014 by Routledge

  2. Organizational Reputation in the Public Sector

    Edited by Arild Wæraas, Moshe Maor

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    A favorable reputation is an asset of importance that no public sector entity can afford to neglect because it gives power, autonomy, and access to critical resources. However, reputations must be built, maintained, and protected. As a result, public sector organizations in most OECD countries have...

    Published November 25th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Visual Culture and Public Policy

    Towards a visual polity?

    By Victor Bekkers, Rebecca Moody

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    Traditionally, images have played an important role in politics and policy making, mostly in relation to propaganda and public communication. However, contemporary society is inundated with visual material due to the increasing ubiquity of media and visual technologies that facilitate the...

    Published July 17th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Strategic Management in Public Organizations

    European Practices and Perspectives

    Edited by Paul Joyce, Anne Drumaux

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    Strategic Management in Public Organizations: European Practices and Perspectives offers the first wide-ranging survey and assessment of strategic management practices at various levels of government and public service in European countries. It shows that strategic management is much more than a...

    Published June 22nd 2014 by Routledge

  5. Public Innovation through Collaboration and Design

    Edited by Christopher Ansell, Jacob Torfing

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    While innovation has long been a major topic of research and scholarly interest for the private sector, it is still an emerging theme in the field of public management. While ‘results-oriented’ public management may be here to stay, scholars and practitioners are now shifting their attention to the...

    Published June 9th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Governance and Public Management

    Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times

    Edited by Charles Conteh, Thomas J. Greitens, David K. Jesuit, Ian Roberge

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    The key difference between success and failure for most governance systems is adaptation, specifically the ability to resolve the existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges that constrain adaptation. Local, regional and national systems differ in how they are designed to...

    Published April 8th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries

    Paradoxes and Practices

    Edited by Charles Conteh, Ahmed Shafiqul Huque

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    The underpinning assumption of public management in the developing world as a process of planned change is increasingly being recognized as unrealistic. In reality, the practice of development management is characterized by processes of mutual adjustment among individuals, agencies, and interest...

    Published April 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  8. Public Service Efficiency

    Reframing the Debate

    By Rhys Andrews, Tom Entwistle

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    The current economic and political climate places ever greater pressure on public organizations to deliver services in a cost-efficient way. Focused on the costs of service delivery, governments across the world have introduced a series of business like practices – from performance management to...

    Published December 10th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Public Administration Reformation

    Market Demand from Public Organizations

    Edited by Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Mahmud Shareef, Sanjay K Pandey, Vinod Kumar

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    In an attempt to instil trust in their performance, credibility, integrity, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and good governance, many public organizations are in effect viewing tax-paying citizens as consumers. Little research exists to explore synergies between the market economy, public...

    Published November 13th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Network Theory in the Public Sector

    Building New Theoretical Frameworks

    Edited by Robyn Keast, Myrna P Mandell, Robert Agranoff

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    Networks have been described in terms of metaphors, governance arrangements and structural or institutional arrangements. These different perspectives of networks come out of a variety of disciplines, including political science, public administration, urban affairs, social welfare, public...

    Published September 23rd 2013 by Routledge