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

Public Policy Models

Public policy models

Why are there several competing models of public policy-making? What are the characteristic features of the arrival at a collective choice and the implementation of the policy chosen within the public sector? In raising the question about the logic of an entity the focus is upon the basic elements as well as the theoretical principles that guide the composition of the elements. What are the fundamentals of public policy-making and which principles structure policy choice? Here we analyse public policy-making models, whereas Chapter 4 examines the modelling of public implementation or what takes place in the policy cycle after the enactment of collective choice (Ashford, 1978; May and Wildavsky, 1978; Hogwood and Peters, 1983).

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