The Missing Link?
Edited by Christopher Pollitt
‘Putting into context’ is a very common phrase – both in the social sciences and beyond. But what exactly do we mean by this, and how do we do it? In this book, leading scholars in public policy and management tackle these issues. They show how ideas of context are central to a range of theories and explanations and use an international range of case studies to exemplify context-based explanation. The book uncovers the complexity that lies behind an apparently simple notion, and offers a variety of approaches to decipher that complexity. Context is indeed a missing link, which enables us to make sense of the vital relationship between the general and the particular.
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- Preface: Context – a missing link?
- Chapter 1: Context in the context – missing the missing links in the field of public administration
- Chapter 2: Contexts: forms of agency and action
- Chapter 3: Constituting context?
- Chapter 4: The intransigent context: glimpses at the history of a problem
- Chapter 5: Three visions of context as history
- Chapter 6: Numbers in context: applying Frege’s principles to public administration
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- Chapter 7: Institutions in context, and as context
- Chapter 8: Can cultural theory give us a handle on the difference context makes to management by numbers?
- Chapter 9: Context, theory and rationality: an uneasy relationship?
- Chapter 10: Contexts and administrative reforms: a transformative approach
- Chapter 11: Context in public policy: implications of complexity theory
- Chapter 12: The service-dominant context of public services: a suitable case for treatment?
- Chapter 13: Explaining contextual influences on the dynamics of public management reforms: reflections on some ways forward
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- Chapter 14: What we know so far and how to proceed: contextual variables in NPM reform research
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- Chapter 15: Context in governance networks: complex interactions between macro, meso and micro. A theoretical exploration and some empirical evidence on the impact of context factors in Taiwan, Spain and the Netherlands
- Chapter 16: Seeing context where there’s no “there” there: the EU/USA financial crises and the missing state
- Chapter 17: The context of public administration from a neo-institutionalist point of view: an analysis with Finland as the case
- Chapter 18: The uses and abuses of historical context: a case study in the ‘mutualisation’ of public services
- Chapter 19: Context and accountability: factors shaping performance audit
- Chapter 20: The role and significance of context in comparing country systems
- Chapter 21: Hospitals and the dynamics of multiple contexts
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- Chapter 22: Context: what kind of missing link?
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