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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Public Management in the United Kingdom

A New Introduction

ISBN 9781137272478
Publication Date October 2012
Formats Ebook Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

From the 'Third Way' reforms of the 1990s to today's prospect of a post-bureaucracy era, the management of the UK's public services has been radically overhauled in recent decades. This important new text provides a complete introduction to the key themes and developments in public management and the changing relationship between governments, public service providers and the public.

June Burnham and Sylvia Horton examine the key components of public management in the UK, including strategic management and the introduction of new performance management techniques as well as financial and human resources management. The book assesses how wider forces such as Europeanization, globalization and the global economic crisis have affected both the structure and role of the state and the way public services are managed. It also looks back to examine the transition from public administration to public management and considers how different ideologies have influenced and driven reform.
Distinctively, the authors provide a full assessment of how devolution has affected public services across all parts of the UK. Providing an insightful and accessibly written introduction, this book will be ideal reading for all students of public management.

JUNE BURNHAM is a Researcher and Consultant on public sector management and was formerly Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, UK.
SYLVIA HORTON teaches and researches public sector management at the University of Portsmouth, UK. 

Public Management: Change or Continuity?
The Politics and Theories of Public Management in Britain
The Institutional Framework of Public Service Provision
Delivering Public Services: Processes and Problems
Strategic Management and Leadership
Performance and Quality Management
Financial Management and Economic Regulation
Human Resource Management in the Public Services
Regulation, Audit and Inspection inside Governance
Conclusion: Public Management in the UK Today.


[A] concise description and discussion of public management policies in the United Kingdom... a valuable contribution to the literature.' Hasan Engin Sener, Political Studies
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