This major new 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 onto 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.
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction Shaun 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 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 Goldfinch 8. United Kingdom Kai Wegrich 9. New Zealand: Reforming a New Public Management Exemplar? Shaun 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 Rockman and Thiemo 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 Jorgen Christensen 17. Public Management Reform in Norway - Reluctance and Tensions Tom Christensen and Per Lagried 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 Wallis
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