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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

Public Management, Leadership and Privatization
Public management, leadership and privatization

Policy-making and implementation are certainly important activities in the public sector. Yet, all the institutions that inhabit the public sector have to be run on a daily basis and take care of the mundane matters: how is this to be done? A common question in the international literature is what is public management (Kooiman and Eliassen, 1987; Metcalfe and Richards, 1987)? If it is not the traditional public administration principles once again (see Introduction), or traditional public goods provision in the public finance model, then what is it? In a large public sector leadership becomes an essential function, but what does ‘leadership’ mean in public institutions?

Public sector expansion has occurred in most nations during this century. ...

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