Public Administration & Public Management: The Principal-Agent Perspective

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Routledge, Aug 21, 2006 - Political Science - 304 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

The public and the private sectors
1
1 The principalagent framework and the public sector
29
2 Public principals and their agents
48
3 The economic reasons for government
77
4 Public organisation incentives and rationality in government
100
Legality and rule of law
125
The cambridge and chicago positions
148
7 Public teams are different from private teams
171
8 Public firms
190
9 Public insurance
212
10 What is public management policy
228
Contracting in the public sector
250
Bibliography
263
Index
281
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About the author (2006)

Jan-Erik Lane is Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva.

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