State Management offers a comprehensive yet concise introduction to
the new field of state management, presenting an analysis of basic
questions within the theories of bureaucracy, policy-making,
principal-agent modelling and policy networks. Focussing upon
recent state transformation, it illuminates public sector reform
strategies such as New Public Management as well as incorporation,
tendering and bidding, decentralization, team production and
privatization. This book argues that we should look upon the
variety of models or approaches to public management or public
administration as all belonging under "state management". The
so-called "working state" in a well-ordered society involves
government delivering services, paying for social security and
respecting the rule of law. In this text, Jan-Erik Lane
systematically examines the key approaches to the study of how
government attempts to achieve these goals, discussing the pros and
cons of alternative frameworks of analysis. Each chapter discusses
a different issue within state management that is integral to the
broader debate, including: Public regulation The relationship
between the law and the state Combining ecology and policy making
Multi-level governance The virtues and vices of public-private
partnerships Policy implementation Presenting a clear overview of
how the state operates when government sets out to deliver public
services, and generating questions to encourage new research, State
Management is a valuable new text for both undergraduate and
postgraduate courses in political science, public administration
and public management.
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