Organization Theory and the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and Myth by Tom ChristensenOrganization Theory and the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and Myth by Tom Christensen

Organization Theory and the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and Myth

byTom Christensen, Per Lægreid, Paul G. Roness

Paperback | December 14, 2007

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Public sector organizations are fundamentally different to their private sector counterparts. They are multi-functional, follow a political leadership, and the majority do not operate in an external market. In an era of rapid reform, reorganization and modernization of the public sector, this book offers a timely and illuminating introduction to the public sector organization that recognizes its unique values, interests, knowledge and power-base.

Drawing on both instrumental and institutional perspectives within organization theory, as well as democratic theory and empirical studies of decision-making, this text addresses five central aspects of the public sector organization:

  • goals and values
  • leadership and steering
  • reform and change
  • effects and implications
  • understanding and design.

This volume challenges conventional economic analysis of the public sector, arguing instead for a democratic-political approach and a new, prescriptive organization theory. A rich resource of both theory and practice,Organization Theory for the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and Mythis essential reading for anybody studying the public sector.

Tom Christensenis Professor of Public Administration and Organization Theory at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway. His main research interests include national, central and comparative public administration and reform.Per L¿eidis Professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, Univer...
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Title:Organization Theory and the Public Sector: Instrument, Culture and MythFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 inPublished:December 14, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415433819

ISBN - 13:9780415433815

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Table of Contents

1. Organization Theory for the Public Sector  2. An Instrumental Perspective  3. A Cultural Perspective  4. A Myth Perspective  5. Goals and Values  6. Leadership and Steering  7. Reform and Change  8. Effects and Implications  9. Understanding and Design