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Public Administration and Public Management : The Principal-agent Perspective
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 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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Taylor & Francis
November 13, 2005
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