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

Models of Public Regulation

Models of public regulation

The public sector may be identified in different ways, as stated in Chapter 1. The first conception dealt with the legal-rational interpretation of the public sector. Let us return to this classical concept of the state and the public sector. The public sector as a system of state-introduced laws and regulations of conduct in both public and private organizations as well as households has not figured as much as the resource allocation or resource redistribution approaches. When the state or the system of national and local governments are viewed as a set of institutions with their own employees, then the public sector is highly visible. But when the state is considered as the creator of normative systems – ...

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