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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

11-20 of 20 results in Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management
  1. Public-Private Partnerships in the USA

    Lessons to be Learned for the United Kingdom

    By Tony Wall

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    Broadly, a Public-Private Partnership (or PPP) is any collaboration between the public and private sector, but research in the UK has tended to focus on those that have been used for major infrastructure projects, such as roads, schools, and hospitals. This book compares and contrasts PPP research...

    Published December 18th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Rethinking Public-Private Partnerships

    Strategies for Turbulent Times

    Edited by Carsten Greve, Graeme Hodge

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    The global financial crisis hit the world in a remarkable way in late 2008. Many governments and private sector organizations, who had considered Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to be their future, were forced to rethink their strategy in the wake of the crisis, as a lot of the available private...

    Published December 5th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Branding in Governance and Public Management

    By Jasper Eshuis, E.H. Klijn

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    Politicians and public managers utilize branding to communicate with the public as well as to position themselves within the ever-present media now so central to political and administrative life. They must further contend with stakeholders holding contradictory opinions about the nature of a...

    Published November 12th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Social Accounting and Public Management

    Accountability for the Public Good

    Edited by Stephen P. Osborne, Amanda Ball

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    Social accounting as a discipline has challenged the methodology and focus of the larger field of accounting over the last 50 years. More recently it has taken on greater significance for other subjects as well, addressing issues for public policy and management more broadly. These include the...

    Published July 10th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Public Management and Complexity Theory

    Richer Decision-Making in Public Services

    By Mary Lee Rhodes, Joanne Murphy, Jenny Muir, John A. Murray

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    That public services exhibit unpredictability, novelty and, on occasion, chaos, is an observation with which even a casual observer would agree. Existing theoretical frameworks in public management fail to address these features, relying more heavily on attempts to eliminate unpredictability...

    Published July 10th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Public Policy beyond the Financial Crisis

    An International Comparative Study

    By Philip Haynes

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    The economic crisis of 2008-2009 and beyond has provided the greatest challenge to public policy in the developed world since the Second World War, as the use of public monies to support banks and declining tax revenues have resulted in rising government borrowing and national debt. This book...

    Published June 11th 2012 by Routledge

  7. New Public Governance, the Third Sector, and Co-Production

    Edited by Victor Pestoff, Taco Brandsen, Bram Verschuere

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    In recent years public management research in a variety of disciplines has paid increasing attention to the role of citizens and the third sector in the provision of public services. Several of these efforts have employed the concept of co-production to better understand and explain this trend....

    Published December 20th 2011 by Routledge

  8. The Study of Public Management in Europe and the US

    A Compearative Analysis of National Distinctiveness

    Edited by Walter Kickert

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    This book presents an overview of the scientific study of public management, gathering together some of the most authoritative experts in this area of study in Europe and the United States, writing specifically about their respective countries. These essays seek to present the national...

    Published November 15th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Managing Complex Governance Systems

    Edited by Geert Teisman, Arwin van Buuren, Lasse M. Gerrits

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    Advances in public management sciences have long indicated the empirical finding that the normal state of public management systems is complex and that its dynamics are non-linear. Complex systems are subject to system pressures, system shocks, chance events, path-dependency and...

    Published December 12th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Making Public Services Management Critical

    Edited by Graeme Currie, Jackie Ford, Nancy Harding, Mark Learmonth

    Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

    This book brings together public services policy and public services management in a novel way that is likely to resonate with academics, policy makers and practitioners engaged in the organization of public services delivery as it is from a perspective that challenges many received ideas in...

    Published December 7th 2009 by Routledge