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Public Governance Paradigms

Competing and Co-Existing

Jacob Torfing, Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Carsten Greve and Kurt K. Klausen

This enlightening book scrutinizes the shifting governance paradigms that inform public administration reforms. From the rise to supremacy of New Public Management to new the growing preference for alternatives, four world-renowned authors launch a powerful and systematic comparison of the competing and co-existing paradigms, explaining the core features of public bureaucracy and professional rule in the modern day.
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Chapter 7: Public Value Management

Jacob Torfing, Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Carsten Greve and Kurt K. Klausen

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This chapter explains the background for the development of Public Value Management as a governance paradigm, provides a brief overview of different Public Value Management schools, and discusses Public Value Management vis-à-vis other public governance paradigms. It unravels the sources of inspiration that are traced back to the strategic management literature, and discusses the empirical resonance of the Public Value Management paradigm. A thorough account of its key governance ideas leads to a location of the Public Value Management paradigm in the public governance diamond. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the strengths, weaknesses and dilemmas of Public Value Management as a paradigm for public administration and governance.

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