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

The Logic of Public Sector Reform

The logic of public sector reform

Public sector reforms have been conducted since the mid-1960s, as the mature welfare states have embarked on one set of reform strategies or another. There is now enough experience of public sector reforms to allow for an assessment of what can be accomplished and how. What are the ends and means of public sector reform?

The making and implementation of public sector reforms may target either public resource allocation or public, sector resource redistribution. Besides reforming the supply of goods and services, on the one hand, or the transfer programmes of income redistribution, on the other, there is in addition public regulation, which may be the target for reform by means of various deregulatory schemes.

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