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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 2: Management and Administration
Management and Administration
The first dichotomy we will discuss in this book is between public administration and public management. As was pointed out in Chapter 1, we see public management as embedded in public administration. Therefore, the dichotomy we will address in this chapter refers to the tensions between those two different perspectives – management versus administration – on fundamental issues related to the bureaucracy. These will include its relationship to elected officials and its clients, and the values and norms that are prioritized in the two perspectives. These differences are most distinct and pertinent when we confront conventional public administration with New Public Management (NPM) which is the currently dominant version of public management thinking and a neo-Weberian philosophy of public ...