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Managing Social Issues

Managing Social Issues

A Public Values Perspective

Edited by Peter Leisink, Paul Boselie, Maarten van Bottenburg and Dian Marie Hosking

Western societies face complex social issues and a growing diversity of views on how these should be addressed. The traditional view focuses on government and public policy but neglects the initiatives that non-profit and private organizations and local networks take. This book presents a broader variety of viewpoints and theories. Looking at various cases, the authors analyse conflicting values and interests, actors’ understandings of the public values related to social issues, and their action to create what they regard as public value. Drawing together these perspectives the authors point the way to how government and the private and voluntary sectors can work in tandem to resolve social issues.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Peter Leisink, Paul Boselie, Maarten van Bottenberg and Dian Marie Hosking

Subjects: business and management, corporate social responsibility, public management, politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy


This chapter introduces some of the various approaches to managing social issues. This will help to situate the later contributions and will give an idea of the positions taken in terms of the range of relevant approaches. One of the attractions of an edited volume is that it can offer a variety of perspectives from a range of authors who each demonstrate the potential of their own concepts and theories by selecting authors from different disciplinary backgrounds and who are involved in different fields of study. However, it is also necessary that the field be mapped and common reference points indicated so that readers can benefit from the diversity of the individual contributions. That is the aim of this introductory chapter. The chapters in this volume engage with various aspects of managing social issues in relation to the possible public values that they serve. Some chapters concentrate on developing a theoretical framework by linking different theories and disciplines with regard to the creation of public value through public service motivated performance and public–private policy coordination.