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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

Ethics and Normative Policy Models
Ethics and normative policy models

To speak about ethics in relation to public policy may provoke serious disagreement about the nature of policy analysis and policy studies. Since Weber social scientists have been accustomed to the distinction between is and ought and the traditional focus of the conduct of scientific inquiry on matters of fact whether in a theoretical or in an empirical mode (Weber, 1949). However, one may agree with Robert Goodin in Political Theory and Public Policy that:

Even if facts and values could be separated – and there is much in policy debates to put paid to the myth that they can – this book strongly argues that they should not be. Empirical and ethical theory ought both to ...

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