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Public Management

Laurence E. Lynn

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Management

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226443
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199226443.003.0003

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Public Management

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This article views public management broadly as encompassing the organizational structures, managerial practices, and institutionalized values by which officials enact the will of sovereign authority, whether that authority is prince, parliament, or civil society. Public management, in other words, is regarded as synonymous with public administration. As for whether or not there is a distinctive public management, there is widespread professional acknowledgement that constitutions, collective goods production, and electoral institutions create distinctive managerial challenges that justify a separate field. Thus defined, the field of public management is surely of older vintage than American scholars have been wont to assert and is arguably even older than the popular starting point for administrative histories.

Keywords: public management; organizational structures; managerial practices; institutionalized values; managerial challenges; goods production

Article.  10073 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Public Management and Administration ; Business History

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