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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

Concepts of Bureaucracy
Concepts of bureaucracy

A public household in general and public resource allocation in particular would be impossible without the existence of a structure of bureaux at various levels of government making and implementing decisions as to which goods and services are to be supplied in what amounts to various groups of citizens/consumers. Public resource redistribution depends on the existence of administrative personnel who handle transfer payment tasks in accordance with a publicly enacted system of rules. In the welfare states the role of bureaux is extensive as a considerable part of the total resources is allocated over the budget (Dunleavy, 1985, 1991).

Public regulation is conducted by means of bureaux monitoring those whose behaviour the state wishes to control or govern. The concept of ...

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