- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Boxes
- List of Contributors
- Introductory Remarks
- Public Management: The Word, the Movement, the Science
- Public Management: A Concise History of the Field
- Bureaucracy in the Twenty-First Century
- Public and Private Management Compared
- Public Management, Democracy, and Politics
- Law and Public Administration
- Public Management as Ethics
- Public Accountability
- Economic Perspectives on Public Organizations
- Postmodern Public Administration
- Networks and Inter-Organizational Management: Challenging, Steering, Evaluation, and the Role of Public Actors in Public Management
- Whatever Happened to Public Administration?: Governance, Governance Everywhere
- Virtual Organizations
- The Theory of the Audit Explosion
- Public–Private Partnerships and Hybridity
- Decentralization: A Central Concept in Contemporary Public Management
- E-Government: A Challenge for Public Management
- Professionals in Public Service Organizations: Implications for Public Sector “Reforming”
- Rethinking Leadership in Public Organizations
- Organizational Cultures in the Public Services
- Performance Management
- Striving for Balance: Reforms in Human Resource Management
- Public Service Quality Improvement
- Budget and Accounting Reforms
- NGOS and Contracting
- Evaluation and Public Management
- International Public Management
- Management Consultancy
- Change and Continuity in the Continental Tradition of Public Management
- Author Index
Abstract and Keywords
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 the argument is that the large-scale tasks that government must perform—national defense, a social welfare system, political monitoring of the economy, etc.—will remain key functions of governments in the twenty-first century and that bureaucracies, likely public but possibly private, will continue to be the most effective way to do these tasks. Bureaucracy has weathered other calls for its demise before; current efforts are likely to meet similar fates. After a brief discussion of definitions and the meaning of bureaucracy, the major sections of this article deal with six challenges to bureaucracy. Some of these challenges are intellectual; others are part of real-world ongoing reform efforts in a variety of countries.
Kenneth J. Meier is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He is also a Professor of Public Management in the Cardiff School of Business, Cardiff University (Wales). In addition to his long term interest in questions of representative bureaucracy, he is working on empirical studies of public management (in the US, UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, Africa and Korea), race and public policy, methodological innovations in public administration, and the relationship between democracy and bureaucracy. He is a former editor of the American Journal of Political Science and currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Gregory C. Hill, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University.
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