The Oxford handbook of public management

Contemporary public management is arduously debated across academic disciplines and inside the public sector – soma advocate the use of more managerialist approaches, while others critique them by asking for public gover-nance. The Oxford Handbook offers an authoritative assessment of the major trends in public management. It brings together leading international scholars (most from North America, UK and continental Europe) to comment on key issues structured into five sections: 1. basic frameworks, 2. theoretical and disciplinary perspectives, 3. exploring current public policy and management themes, 4. functional areas, 5. national and international comparisons. One of the conclusions points out that “New Public Management” continues to exert wide-spread fascination, but each country makes its own “translation or adaptation of the NPM package”. Even if the NPM remains the center of academic gravity in this field, several authors to the handbook treat lasting fundamentals – issues of constitutions, legalism and juridification, democracy, ethics etc. Finally there are new topics such as networks, virtual organizations and governance, where the NPM features as the previous, now-too-narrow way of thinking.

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Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press 2006, 789 S.