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 Management State versus the Administrative State

The management state versus the administrative state

The discipline of public administration is challenged by the management paradigm derived from the discipline of business administration. Its management approach is said to hold the promise of future public sector reform, replacing the administrative approach that public administration used to supply. Combining the management perspective with a focus upon the public sector results in the new paradigm: public management.

The response to the management challenge has been swift. Courses and programmes as well as whole institutes and schools are adapting, changing labels from ‘public administration’ to ‘public management’. The transition from a public administration approach to a public management approach appears to be the proper move in relation to increasing demands for ...

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