New Public Administration in Britain by John Greenwood, Robert Pyper, David Wilson

By John Greenwood, Robert Pyper, David Wilson

First released in 1984 this publication has demonstrated itself because the major textual content in British public management. The 3rd version builds at the prior edition's good fortune to deliver the significant alterations and extremely most up-to-date advancements within the field.This variation includes:* a brand new bankruptcy at the impact of Europe* a spotlight on new advancements that experience emerged lately similar to managerialism, privatisation, consumerism, charters, contracting and rules* new beneficial properties contain boxed summaries of key techniques and evidence, publications to extra analyzing in addition to an in depth bibliography.Written by means of 3 top professionals within the box, this article is going to be crucial analyzing if you wish an authoritative and complete advent to public management.

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Bureaucratic organisation Traditionally departments were organised largely on bureaucratic lines. This facilitated both accountability and equity, allowing detailed control of subordinates, and enforcement of rules, through a hierarchic structure extending from top departmental levels, through field offices, down to officials dealing with the public. Indeed, elements of bureaucratic organisation are evident from even a brief glance inside government departments. While arrangements vary, in most departments large blocks of work are brought together into groups or directorates, which, in turn, allocate work between divisions and branches.

These often have specific departmental titles such as director, director-general or, if running an NSA, chief executive. Less senior SCS members (broadly equivalent to old Grades 5 and 7) manage divisions or branches. Reforming departmental organisation: ‘from MINIS to FMI’ Before the 1980s the most authoritative demand for reforming departmental organisation was the Fulton Report (1968) which included two particularly important recommendations: (1) the establishment of departmental agencies within departments; and (2) ‘hiving off’ departmental functions to non-departmental agencies.

It is to central administration, therefore, that we turn, focusing on government departments and the executive agencies, popularly known as Next Steps Agencies (NSAs), which represent the main organisational units in Whitehall. What is a government department? ‘Whitehall’, Wright (2000, p. 241) observes, ‘is organised through a series of separate departments’. In government, however, the word ‘department’ is ambiguous, sometimes being used synonymously with other terms such as ‘ministry’ or ‘office’, at other times describing divisions within government departments themselves.

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