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Public Management and Administrative Reform in Western Europe

Edited by Walter J.M. Kickert, Professor of Public Management, Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
This important book presents new work by respected scholars in the field of public administration in Europe, and considers both American and European approaches to public sector management and administrative reform.

The book begins with introductory chapters examining public management in Europe and the United States and explores the paradoxes that exist in administrative reform. Part two presents a wide range of case studies of European management reforms including the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It offers a balanced view of the managerial trend which appears to be sweeping across Western Europe. This is achieved by presenting the full spectrum of case studies from success to failure. Balance is created by presenting counter-arguments and criticisms of the prevailing trend of reform. The third part considers management, legal state and democracy. Finally, the volume concludes with a North American perspective on the administrative reform in Europe.
In Association with the European Group of Public Administration
Extent: 304 pp
Hardback Price: £89.00 Web: £80.10
Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85898 553 4
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This important book presents new work by respected scholars in the field of public administration in Europe, and evaluates both American and European approaches to public sector management and administrative reform.

The book begins with introductory chapters examining public management in Europe and the United States and explores the paradoxes that exist in administrative reform. Part two presents a wide range of case studies of European management reforms including the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It offers a balanced view of the managerial trend which appears to be sweeping across Western Europe. This is achieved by presenting the full spectrum of case studies from success to failure. Balance is created by presenting counter-arguments and criticisms of the prevailing trend of reform. The third part considers management, legal state and democracy. Finally, the volume concludes with a North American perspective on the administrative reform in Europe.

Public Management and Administrative Reform will be indispensable to academics, policymakers and management practitioners in the public sector, especially those working within Europe.
Contributors: C.R. Alba, W. Jann, W.J.M. Kickert, K. König, L. de Leon, R. Maes, G.B. Peters, C. Reichard, R.A.W. Rhodes, L. Rouban, K. Schedler, F. Strehl, F.O.M. Verhaak, V. Wright
Contents: Preface Part I: Introduction: Public Management and Administrative Reform Part II: Management Reforms in Western Europe: Successes, Nuances and Failures Part III: Management, Rechtsstaat and Democracy Part IV: Epilogue Index