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Written by two of the leading scholars in the field, this book explores public administration in the past, present and future, critically reviewing the modernization of public management reform. It reasserts public administration as an integral component of democratic governance and fostering a state-citizen relationship. Wide-ranging in scope, The Next Public Administration: • Extends basic public administration to consider issues associated with management, governance and democracy • Covers core public administration concepts and their evolution through time • Draws on an international spread of examples, bringing theoretical discussions to life • Includes lists of further reading Essential reading for students of public management and public administration.
Chapter 10: Authority Versus Democracy
Authority Versus Democracy
Government organizations require executive capacity to deliver the programs and services of which they have been placed in charge. Such capacity to act – getting things done – is paramount to these organizations, in part because executing the government’s decisions is a matter of democratic significance. Governments are elected to make and implement policy. Executive capacity is also important because such delivery is often assumed to be integral to the legitimacy of those institutions. ‘Executive capacity’ in the context of the public sector is the sum of its human, financial and organizational resources, combined with a legal mandate specifying jurisdiction and authority. At the same time, the political power from which such executive capacity is delegated to political leaders ...