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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

Demarcation of the Public Sector
Demarcation of the public sector

Much of the literature on the welfare state has focused on the growth problem of identifying the factors – environmental, institutional and cultural – which are conducive to public expenditure expansion (Tarschys, 1975; Frey, 1978; Tufte, 1978; Whiteley, 1980; Larkey et al., 1981; Hibbs and Fassbender, 1981; Castles, 1982; Wildavsky, 1985; Lybeck, 1986). An increasing part of the literature is now orientated towards the outcome problem, or the study of the consequences of governmental expansion and big public budgets. It is argued that unrestrained public sector expansion results in public policy failure due to communication problems or the lack of coordination and of reliable means–end technologies, as well as lack of appropriate public revenues (Rose, 1980, ...

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