While innovation has long been a major topic of research and scholarly interest for the private sector, it is still an emerging theme in the field of public management. While ‘results-oriented’ public management may be here to stay, scholars and practitioners are now shifting their attention to the process of management and to how the public sector can create ‘value’.

One of the urgent needs addressed by this book is a better specification of the institutional and political requirements for sustaining a robust vision of public innovation, through the key dimensions of collaboration, creative problem-solving, and design. This book brings together empirical studies drawn from Europe, the USA and the antipodes to show how these dimensions are important features of public sector innovation in many Western democracies with different conditions and traditions.

This volume provides insights for practitioners who are interested in developing an innovation strategy for their city, agency, or administration and will be essential reading for scholars, practitioners and students in the field of public policy and public administration.

chapter 1|18 pages

Collaboration and design

New tools for public innovation

chapter 2|22 pages

Necessity as the mother of reinvention

Discourses of innovation in local government

chapter 3|29 pages

Reconstructing bureaucracy for service

Innovation in the governance era

chapter 4|19 pages

The complexity of governance

Challenges for public sector innovation

chapter 5|17 pages

The impact of collaboration on innovative projects

A study of Dutch water management

chapter 6|19 pages

Understanding innovative regional collaboration

Metagovernance and boundary objects as mechanisms

chapter 8|22 pages

Collaborative networks and innovation

The negotiation–management nexus

chapter 10|21 pages

Designing collaborative policy innovation

Lessons from a Danish municipality