A perspective on the public sector that presents a concise and comprehensive analysis of exactly what it is and how it operates.
Governments in any society deliver a large number of services and goods to their populations. To get the job done, they need public management in order to steer resources – employees, money and laws – into policy outputs and outcomes. In well-ordered societies the teams who work for the state work under a rule-of-law framework, known as public administration. This book covers the key issues of:
- the principal-agent framework and the public sector
- public principals and their agents
- the economic reasons of government
- public organization, incentives and rationality in government
- the essence of public administration: legality and the rule of law
- public policy criteria: the Cambridge and Chicago positions
- public teams and private teams
- public firms
- public insurance
- public management policy
Public Administration & Public Management is essential reading for those with professional and research interests in public administration and public management.