chapter  11
Creating Public Value Using Managed Networks Edward DeSeve
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The quest for public value is not new. The founders of modern liberal democratic thought, Adam Smith, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke,1 as well as the sources in antiquity, Socrates, Plato, Cicero,2 all understood that the public’s acceptance of the value of government was central to its legitimacy. Despite its antiquity, recent use of the concept has cast it in the broad tradition of public administration and as a successor or companion to the New Public Management.