International Handbook of Public Management Reform


International Handbook of Public Management Reform

9781847204042 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Shaun Goldfinch, Professor of International Studies, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China and Joe L. Wallis, Professor of Economics and Public Administration, School of Business and Management, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84720 404 2 Extent: 400 pp
This major Handbook provides a state-of-the-art study of the recent history and future development of international public management reform.

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This major Handbook provides a state-of-the-art study of the recent history and future development of international public management reform.

Through a careful cross-country analysis spanning the last three decades this timely volume critically evaluates whether countries are converging towards a single public management model. The book goes on to investigate unresolved issues surrounding leadership, e-government, accountability and computer systems failure currently facing reformers. Shaun Goldfinch and Joe Wallis have brought together a number of eminent scholars from across Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia to explore the role of economic ideas, human resources and the state of public management reform in twelve countries.

Providing a broad global overview of public management and facilitating a greater understanding of the difficult issue of reform, this book will find widespread appeal amongst academics and postgraduate students of public administration as well as practitioners in the field.
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‘This volume presents a compelling package for anyone interested in public sector reform. It effectively combines a wide range of well-researched reviews of national experiences with state-of-the-art thematic chapters in key reform areas such as IT governance, public sector leadership and accountability. The result is a robust, insightful and sometimes sobering series of accounts of the promises and pitfalls of efforts to reform the institutions and practices of public governance around the world. A must-read.’
– Paul ’t Hart, Australian National University
Contributors: R. Bateman, A.B.L. Cheung, J. Christensen, T. Christensen, A. Cole, G. Dierickx, B. Dollery, R. Gauld, S.F. Goldfinch, R. Gregory, G. Jones, P. Lægreid, L. McLoughlin, M. Noordegraaf, B.A. Rockman, M. Simms, T. Thiam, S. Tomblin, J.L. Wallis, M.-F. Waxin, K. Wegrich, K. Yamamoto


1. Introduction
Shaun F. Goldfinch

2. The Influence of Economic Theories of Government Failure on Public Management Reform
Brian Dollery

3. HRM in the Public Sector: Is It Enough?
Marie-France Waxin and Robert Bateman

4. New Public Management and the Politics of Accountability
Robert Gregory

5. Public Value-Seeking Leadership: Its Nature, Rationale and Development in the Context of Public Management Reform
Joe L. Wallis and Linda McLoughlin

6. ‘E-Government’: Is it the Next Big Public Sector Trend?
Robin Gauld

7. Dangerous Enthusiasms and Information Systems Development in the Public Sector
Shaun F. Goldfinch

8. Public Management Reform in the United Kingdom: Great Leaps, Small Steps and Policies as Their Own Cause
Kai Wegrich

9. New Zealand: Reforming a New Public Management Exemplar?
Shaun F. Goldfinch

10. New Public Management in Australia
Marian Simms

11. The Challenge of Renewing Governance in Canada
Stephen Tomblin

12. The United States: The Political Context of Administrative Reform
Bert A. Rockman and Thierno Thiam

13. French Administrative Reform: Change and Resistance
Glynn Jones and Alistair Cole

14. Senior Civil Servants and Bureaucratic Change in Belgium
Guido Dierickx

15. Dynamic Conservatism: The Rise and Evolution of Public Management Reforms in the Netherlands
Mirko Noordegraaf

16. Danish Public Management Reform Before and After NPM
Jørgen Christensen

17. Public Management Reform in Norway: Reluctance and Tensions
Tom Christensen and Per Lægreid

18. Public Management Reform in Hong Kong
Anthony B.L. Cheung

19. Public Sector Management Reform in Japan
Kiyoshi Yamamoto

20. Conclusion: Is There a Common Thread?
Joe L. Wallis

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