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Understanding Public Management

Understanding Public Management

February 2008 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Combining theoretical perspectives with a global range of case studies from Europe, North America, and other areas, this book explains why, how, and with what success liberal democracies have reformed the service role of the state. Students will be introduced and guided through the dramatic changes that have occurred in public services over the last two decades.

Key Features

  • External challenges and opportunities: globalization and EU integration
  • Reducing the role of the state: Liberalization, privatization, regulation and competition policy
  • Improving the role of the state: New Public Management, e-Government and beyond
  • Managing the New Public Sector: organizations, strategy and leadership

Intended Audience
This text is designed for undergraduate courses in public governance, but it also addresses the core components of graduate programs – the parameters, tools, principles, and theories of public sector reform.

Liberalising and Modernising Public Services

Internationalisation, Globalisation and Liberalisation
Strategic Challenges for Public Governance

European Integration
Recapturing Sovereignty and Institutionalising Liberalisation

Liberalisation and Privatization
Regulation and Competition Policy
Modernising Public Administration
To the New Public Management and Beyond

Modernising Government

Organisational Design and Institutional Governance
Tools of Management and Leadership
Public Service Delivery in the 'Knowledge Society'


'A broad ranging and highly intelligent account of key recent developments internationally which skillfully updates the public management and governance literatures' - Ewan Ferlie, Royal Holloway

'Public management has been radically changed and reformed... this book gives students a fine introduction to these changes and to the theories dealing with them' - Jørgen Grønnegaard Christensen, University of Aarhus

Not very readable or attractive.

Mr Frank Luik
Urban Management, Amsterdam University of Prof Education
March 25, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

Kjell A Eliassen

Nick Sitter

Professor Nick Sitter joined the Department of Public Policy as Head of Department in 2008. His research interests include comparative European public policy, regulation, party systems, and Euroscepticism. Recent books include Understanding Public Management (Sage 2008) and Europe’s Nascent State: Public Policy in the EU (Gyldendal 2006).... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412908597

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