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Comparative Public Management.

Comparative Public Management

Kenneth J. Meier, Amanda Rutherford, Claudia N. Avellaneda, editors

Georgetown University Press

3240 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

9781626164000, $64.95, HC, 272pp,

Synopsis: While the field of public management has become increasingly international, research and policy recommendations that work for one country often do not work for another. Why, for example, is managerial networking important in the United States, moderately effective in the United Kingdom, and of little consequence in the Netherlands?

"Comparative Public Management: Why National, Environmental, and Organizational Context Matters" argues that scholars must find a better way to account for political, environmental, and organizational contexts to build a more general model of public management. The editors of "Comparative Public Management" propose a framework in which context influences the types of managerial actions that can be used effectively in public organizations.

After introducing the innovative framework, "Comparative Public Management" offers seven empirical chapters that feature cases from seven countries and a range of policy areas (health, education, taxation, and local governance) showing how management affects performance in different contexts. Following these empirical tests, "Comparative Public Management" examines themes that emerge across cases and seeks to set an agenda for future research.

Critique: Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Kenneth J. Meier (who holds the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A& M University, and is also the editor in chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory); Amanda N. Rutherford (Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University); and Claudia N. Avellaneda (Associate Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.), "Comparative Public Management" is especially commended to the attention of students and scholars of public administration and public policy.

Providing a comprehensive comparative assessment of management's impact on organizational performance, the seven major essays comprising "Comparative Public Management" are enhanced with the inclusion of illustrations, tables, a twenty-eight pages list of References, a four page listing of the contributors and their credentials, and a four page Index. While unreservedly recommended as a critically important addition to community and academic library collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Comparative Public Management" is also available in a paperback edition (9781626164017, $32.95) and a Kindle format ($31.28).

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Title Annotation:Comparative Public Management: Why National, Environmental, and Organizational Context Matters
Author:Dunford, Michael
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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