Obedient Servants?: Management Freedoms and Accountabilities in the New Zealand Public Sector
The experiences of a representative sample of public servants, members of Parliament, and informed observers of the control systems of New Zealand’s public management model adopted in the early 1990s are examined in this book. Revealed is a trend that is moving away from the tradition of delivering public services through a centralized bureaucracy. Richard Norman uses his experience critiquing public service bureaucracies as a journalist, working for a government-owned corporation that crashed after becoming too entrepreneurial, and delivering training in finance and management to public servants adjusting to the systems of the “New Public Management” model to examine the creation of a new model of control that achieves a balance between control and empowerment.
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Part One Public Sector Performance Challenging the conventions
Public sector reform choices for change
Managing for performance an overview
Clarity of objectives an elusive ideal
Creating quality information
The politics of accountability
At the centre or in control?
Efficiency and effectiveness the Holy Grail of public management
Part Three Conclusions
Moving beyond onedimensional thinking
Aspects of control systems
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