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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

Institutions and Efficiency in the Public Sector
Institutions and efficiency in the public sector

At the heart of the policy process and at the implementation stages in a democracy is the attempt of politicians to live up to the terms of the contract agreed upon with the electorate. Public contracting stretches from the election arena over to the parliamentary theatre to the agency setting. Public contracts lie at the heart of all public sector activities: resource allocation, regulation and redistribution. Here we discuss the logic of public contracts from the point of view of the efficiency problem in the public sector, that is, we are concerned with public resource allocation and public regulation.

Any discussion of the efficiency problem in the public sector has to take into ...

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