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Accountability in the Regulatory State  

Martin Lodge and Lindsay Stirton

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Sep 2010
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Sep 2010
Accountability in regulation will never reach a state of ‘perfection’ and stability, but will remain, given competing values and shifting priorities, in a state of continued tension and ... More

Bureaucracy in the Twenty-First Century  

Kenneth J. Meier and Gregory C. Hill

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
Although numerous scholars claim the eminent demise of bureaucracy, this article argues that bureaucracy will not only survive in the twenty-first century but will flourish. The core of ... More

Change and Continuity in the Continental Tradition of Public Management  

Isabella Proeller and Kuno Schedler

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
This article aims to characterize French and German public administration and management, outline their specific reform trajectories, and indicate the influence both systems have had ... More

Changes in the Organization of Public Services and their Effects on Employment Relations  

Robert Hebdon and Ian Kirkpatrick

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May 2006
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Sep 2009
Few observers would dispute the fact that radical changes have been attempted in the funding and organization of public services in most developed countries. Increasingly the trend is said ... More

Decentralization: A Central Concept in Contemporary Public Management  

Christopher Pollitt

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
For the last quarter century or so, decentralization has been virtually unassailable. Almost everyone has been in favor of it, from the centralized French to the already decentralized ... More

Inter-Organizational Networks in Health Care: Program Networks, Care Networks, and Integrated Care  

Rod Sheaff and Jill Schofield

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Apr 2016
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Jun 2016
Inter-organizational networks have proliferated in health systems, as has network research, but coherent explanations relating the varieties of health network to their respective ... More

Management Consultancy  

Denis Saint-Martin

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
This article explores the key question: What accounts for the growing importance of management consultants in the public policy process? To do so, the article relies on ... More

Narratives of Health Policy  

Graeme Currie and Graham Martin

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Apr 2016
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Jun 2016
In this chapter we undertake a narrative analysis of health care policy reform. We consider the beguiling and rhetorical quality of health care policy reform, and how it positions “heroes” ... More

Networks and Inter-Organizational Management: Challenging, Steering, Evaluation, and the Role of Public Actors in Public Management  

Erik-Hans Klijn

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
This article provides a brief overview of the literature on networks and looks at what it has to tell us about policy processes and public management. In essence the literature on networks ... More

Organizational Cultures in the Public Services  

Robert Dingwall and Tim Strangleman

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
This article considers how an important social scientific concept became a management fad. It begins with the idea of culture and its history in organizational studies. It then looks at ... More

Political Science: Perspectives on Business and Government  

David Coen, Wyn Grant, and Graham Wilson

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Feb 2010
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May 2010
What does political science as a discipline contribute to the understanding of the relationship between business and government? The field has long been a stepchild within the discipline ... More

The Political Theory of the Firm  

David M. Hart

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Feb 2010
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May 2010
This article argues for balancing corporate personhood—or, more precisely, the unitary rational actor political theory of the firm, which predominates in the social science literature—with ... More

Postmodern Public Administration  

Peter Bogason

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
This article discusses what the conditions of postmodernity are about, distinguishing between conditions in society (is there a postmodern epoch?) and in social research (how does one ... More

Professionals in Public Service Organizations: Implications for Public Sector “Reforming”  

Ewan Ferlie and Keith J. Geraghty

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
This article reviews the evolving literature on professionals in public service organizations. It then presents two contemporary, but alternative, narratives of public service reform, that ... More

Public and Private Management Compared  

Hal G. Rainey and Young Han Chun

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
In spite of various claims about the importance of the public–private distinction, the clearly prevailing consensus among scholars and experts on management holds that the distinction is ... More

Re-humanizing Health Care: Facilitating “Caring” for Patient-centered Care  

Cheryl Rathert, Timothy J. Vogus, and Laura McClelland

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Apr 2016
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Jun 2016
Patient-centered care (PCC) has been a focus of health care management for many years, with emphasis ranging from the policy and health system levels to individual care at the bedside. ... More

Rethinking Leadership in Public Organizations  

Jean-Louis Denis, Ann Langley, and Linda Rouleau

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
The notion of leadership has a long history in the administrative sciences and in popular management writings. Leadership is at the heart of what seems to make things happen in groups, ... More

Virtual Organizations  

Helen Margetts

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
This article investigates the various visions of virtuality which have been applied to public organizations over the past decade, discerning three ways in which we might expect ... More

Whatever Happened to Public Administration?: Governance, Governance Everywhere  

H. George Frederickson

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Jun 2007
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Sep 2009
Concepts of governance as public administration reflect a long-standing theoretical debate in the field, the matter of distinctions between politics, and policy on one hand and policy ... More

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