Public Administration and Public Management: The Principal-agent Perspective

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Political Science - 292 pages

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 principalagent framework and the public sector
29
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48
The fundamental agency problem in the public sector
57
the principalagent perspective
63
Conclusion
75
Eminent domain
81
The enforcement mechanism and groups
87
Contracting in the public sector
93
Conclusion
145
Chicago School implications
159
Macro view of public organisation
172
Public organisation and public teams
186
Public firms
190
Public insurance
212
What is public management policy?
228
contracting in the public sector
250

Conclusion
99
Micro rationality versus macro rationality
106
arena and organisation
113
The basic logic of public organisation
118
Separation of powers
131

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Page 264 - Broadbent, J., & Guthrie, J. (1992). Changes in the public sector: a review of recent 'alternative' accounting research, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, 5(2), 30-31.

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