Public Management is a field of research and teaching that is now almost four decades old. But questions have been raised about its scope and methods of inquiry. In a roundtable for Governance, ten authors debate whether Public Management should broaden its ambitions. Developed mainly within a small set of wealthy and consolidated democracies, Public Management research may be premised on assumptions about state sovereignty, capabilities, and legitimacy that are not tenable in most countries -- and are perhaps increasingly untenable in the advanced democracies as well.
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Brint Milward, Laura Jensen, Alasdair Roberts, Mauricio Dussauge-Laguna, Veronica Junjan, René Torenvlied, Arjen Boin, H.K. Colebatch, Donald Kettl
This compendium was prepared for a panel discussion at the research conference of the Public Management Research Association at the University of Aarhus in June 2016. More about the conference.