Public Service Performance: Perspectives on Measurement and Management

Public Service Performance: Perspectives on Measurement and Management

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reissue, 1/13/2011
EAN 9780521172936, ISBN10: 0521172934

Paperback, 338 pages, 24.4 x 17 x 2 cm
Language: English

The performance of governments around the globe is constantly in the spotlight, whether as a celebration or indictment of their activities. Providing evidence on strategies to improve the performance of public agencies is therefore essential to the practice of public management. Originally published in 2006, this important contribution to the debate explores issues of measurement, research methodology, and management influences on performance. It focuses on three key questions: what approaches should be adopted to measure the performance of public agencies? What aspects of management influence the performance of public agencies? As the world globalizes, what are the key international issues in performance measurement and management? In examining these questions, the contributors debate both methodological and technical issues regarding the measurement of performance in public organizations, and provide empirical analyses of the determinants of performance. The book concludes with groundbreaking work on the international dimensions of these issues.

1. Introduction George A Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier, Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr. and Richard M. Walker
2. Subjective and objective measures of organizational performance
an empirical exploration Rhys Andrews, George A. Boyne and Richard M. Walker
3. All measures of performance are subjective
more evidence on US federal agencies Gene A. Brewer
4. A qualitative evaluation of public sector organizations
assessing organizational performance in healthcare Rachael Addicott and Ewan Ferlie
5. Quantitative approaches towards assessing organizational performance Peter C. Smith
6. Consequences of goal ambiguity in public organizations Young Han Chun and Hal G. Rainey
7. Performance control and public organizations Patrick Kenis
8. Bureaucratic red tape and organizational performance
testing the moderating role of culture and political support Sanjay J. Pandy and Donald Moynihan
9. All that glitters is not gold
disaggregating networks and the impact on performance Kenneth J. Meier, Laurence J. O'Toole, Jr. and Yi Lu
10. Network evolution and performance under public contracting for mental health services Keith G. Provan, H. Brinton Milward and Kimberley Roussin Isett
11. The design and management of performance-based contracts for public welfare services Youseok Choi and Carolyn J. Heinrich
12. Outsourcing government information technology services
an Australian case study Graeme Hodge and Anne Rouse
13. International comparisons of output and productivity in public service provision
a review Mary O'Mahony and Philip Stevens
14. Public management and government performance
an international review Melissa Forbes, Carolyn J. Hill and Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.
15. What drives global e-government? An exploratory assessment of existing e-government performance measures Eric W. Welch, M. Jae Moon and Wilson Wong
16. Public management and organizational performance
an agenda for research George A. Boyne, Kenneth J. Meier, Laurence J. O'Toole Jr. and Richard M. Walker.