The Coordination of Public Sector Organizations: Shifting Patterns of Public Management

Hardcover | March 15, 2010

byGeert Bouckaert

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This book discusses the trajectories of creating specialized autonomous units. An analysis of the mechanisms and measures taken for granting autonomy to specialised autonomous units and subsequently to coordinating them back is described. The book shows a range of patterns in the dynamics of specialization and coordination over 25 years.

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This book discusses the trajectories of creating specialized autonomous units. An analysis of the mechanisms and measures taken for granting autonomy to specialised autonomous units and subsequently to coordinating them back is described. The book shows a range of patterns in the dynamics of specialization and coordination over 25 year...

GEERT BOUCKAERT is Professor of Public Management, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. B. GUY PETERS is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government, University of Pittsburgh, USA. KOEN VERHOEST is Assistant Professor, Public Management Institute, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230240151

ISBN - 13:9780230240155

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Table of Contents

PART I: CONCEPTS, THEORIES AND METHODOLOGY
The Main Argument: Specialization without Coordination is Centrifugal
Coordination: What is it and Why Should we have it?
Resources, Mechanisms and Instruments for Coordination
How to Map Coordination: Issues of Methodology
PART II: SPECIALIZATION AND COORDINATION IN SEVEN COUNTRIES
Coordination in New Zealand 1980-2005
Coordination in the United Kingdom 1980-2005
Coordination in Sweden 1980-2005
Coordination in The Netherlands 1980-2005
Coordination in France 1980-2005
Coordination in Belgium 1980-2005
Coordination in the United States 1980-2005
PART III: CROSS-COUNTRY COMPARISON
Specialization and Coordination in Seven Countries: Findings and Discussion
The Central Hypothesis and Methodology
What has happened in Reality? Trajectories of Specialization and Coordination in Seven Countries
Some Further Comparison of the Trajectories of Seven Countries
Pending Issues for Further Research
Discussion and Conclusions