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Hal G. Rainey

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Section 1: Public Management: Old and New

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Public Management: Old and New
Public management: Old and new
Introduction

In the past two decades, in nations around the world, the topic of public management has taken on an increased significance in the theory and practice of public administration. One might wonder what this development is all about, since public management and public administration sound synonymous. Just what it is all about is what this first section of the book is largely about.

For people in public administration as scholars and as practicing managers and professionals, this new interest in public management — or renewed interest, as we shall see — has major implications. Scholars note that this worldwide movement involves increased emphasis on certain patterns and reforms in the management of government agencies and programs. ...

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