The Third Edition of this successful textbook introduces students to the major concepts, models, and approaches surrounding the public sector. Now fully updated to include coverage of the New Public Management (NPM), The Public Sector is the most comprehensive textbook on theories of public policy and public administration. The Public Sector is introduced within a three-part framework: public resource allocation, redistribution and regulation. Jan-Erik Lane explains the basic concepts of each of these broad areas, and goes on to examine their consequences for various approaches to the making and implementation of public policy. The book explores models of management, effectiveness and

The New Institutionalism

The new institutionalism

The institutionalist paradigm has grown stronger in the past two decades. Its revival is a reaction to various reductionist perspectives that attempt to explain how political organizations work by means of non-political factors. Institutions in general and political ones in particular have a logic of their own the understanding of which requires alternatives to the reductionist approaches explaining politics in terms only of preferences (economic beings) or social structure (sociological beings). The new institutionalism comes in two very different versions, the first one originating in organization theory and the second one emerging within the new institutional economics.

One basic theme in the neo-institutionalist literature is the recognition that ‘institutions do matter’. Broadly conceived, institutions are the humanly created constraints on the ...

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