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Public Management in the Postmodern Era
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Public Management in the Postmodern Era

Challenges and Prospects

9781849807722 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by John Fenwick, Professor Emeritus, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK and Janice McMillan, Lectures in Public Management and HRD, Edinburgh Napier University Business School, UK
Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978 1 84980 772 2 Extent: 240 pp
Challenging the traditional orthodoxies of public management, this timely and comprehensive book adopts a lively and critical approach to key questions of public policy and management.

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Challenging the traditional orthodoxies of public management, this timely and comprehensive book adopts a lively and critical approach to key questions of public policy and management.

With state-of-the-art contributions from leading international scholars, Public Management in the Postmodern Era explores a public sector that has moved irreversibly beyond the familiar territory of New Public Management and the exhausted tenets of modernization. Within a global environment where the old explanations and solutions have failed, the book advances a postmodern analysis. It argues strongly its original case that postmodern perspectives are of immediate relevance to issues of practice as well as to enduring problems of theory.

The ambitious remit of the book will be of direct value to practitioners, scholars, academic researchers and students in politics, public policy and public management. With an international scope, the book will appeal to a worldwide audience.
Critical Acclaim
‘A highly challenging set of essays on sense-making in a public sector world that previously contained a dearth of relevant theory. Moving beyond the orthodoxies of policy and management, this work advances the critical position that post modernism must be relevant to practice by building from the narratives of empowered practitioners faced with finding solutions that go beyond traditional boundaries.’
– Robert Agranoff, Indiana University, Bloomington, US and Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, Spain
Contributors
Contributors: H.P. Bang, M. Evans, D. Farnham, J. Fenwick, P.H.A. Frissen, A. Massey, J. McMillan, W. Parsons, B.G. Peters
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Contents:

Preface

PART I: CONCEPTUALISING AND THEORISING
1. Public Management in the Postmodern Era: An Introduction
John Fenwick and Janice McMillan

2. Modernism Redux: Po-Mo Problems and Hi-Mo Public Policy
Wayne Parsons

3. Democracy Without a Centre: Towards a Politics of Difference
Paul H.A. Frissen

4. Understanding Policy Transfer in the Competition State
Mark Evans

PART II: APPLICATIONS AND ACTORS
5. Professions and Professionalism
Andrew Massey

6. Working Life in the Public Organisation
David Farnham

7. Still the Century of Bureaucracy? The Roles of Public Servants
B. Guy Peters

PART III: RESOLUTION AND SENSE-MAKING
8. Everyday Makers and Expert Citizens: Active Participants in the Search for a New Governance
Henrik P. Bang

9. Public Policy and Management in Postmodern Times
John Fenwick and Janice McMillan

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