This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

Street-Level Bureaucracy and Public Policy

Street-Level Bureaucracy and Public Policy

Street-level bureaucracy and public policy

In the past twenty years, a broad rethinking of the principles of public administration and management has been underway. Traditional public management has been criticized as rigid, inflexible, ineffective and unresponsive to the needs of citizens. To restore the legitimacy and effectiveness of government, a ‘New Public Management’ paradigm has been proposed (Behn, 2001; Feldman and Khademian, 2000; Moore, 1995; Osborne and Gaebler, 1992). Central to this New Public Management is an emphasis on performance and outcomes and greater responsive to citizens and their needs. To achieve these goals, attention has been focused in part on directly or indirectly changing the behavior of ‘street-level bureaucrats’ — the front-line workers who serve as the connection between public ...

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