Public Management in Transition

The Orchestration of Potentiality

Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen and Justine Grønbæk Pors

Public Management in Transition

Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen and Justine Grønbæk Pors

Distributed for Bristol University Press

376 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447328667 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In the debate over how best to manage public administration and welfare institutions, there exists a great tension between calls to control and calls to generate change. Public Management in Transition takes on this tension, providing an overview of important pathways for implementing innovation in public organization and, through it, the management of governments. Following an analysis of large-scale societal changes, chapters explore the effects these changes have on central public administrations, individual welfare institutions, the management of individuals themselves (both as employees and citizens), and finally how these effects might foment transformations of the form of the state. With text boxes highlighting examples, key concepts, and reflection points from the fields of education, health care, social work, ecology, foreign aid, and political science, Public Management in Transition will appeal to academics, practitioners, and students across a range of disciplines.
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Foreword by Bob Jessop


1. Keeping the future open
2. The impossibility of governing society
3. From bureaucracy to potentialization
4. Welfare organisations as infinite potential
5. Searching for possibilities between disciplines and codes
6. From contract to partnership
7. The playful employee
8. Citizens as a resource
9. The potentiality state

Conclusion: Toward a Premiseless Management Philosophy

Review Quotes
Marc Esteve, University College London
“A fantastic introduction to governance that brings together the concepts of innovation, organizational change, and inter/intra-organizational collaboration, while considering the role of citizens within the delivery of public services.”
Martyna Sliwa, University of Essex
“This is an insightful, mature textbook. Thanks to the international perspective adopted by the authors combined with the rootedness of the analysis and argumentation in the German sociology and the systemic management tradition, Public Management in Transition will make a much needed, original contribution to the current offering of textbooks in the area of public management.”
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