This comprehensive introductory text starts by charting the origins and evolution of the shift from public administration to public management and moves on to assess the main theories and debates about its character, benefits and problems. After consideration of the party political issues and debates and continuities and discontinuities between the approaches of Thatcher, Major and Blair, the core of the book assesses the main dimensions of change in the organization and content of public sector organization and activity.
ANDREW MASSEY is Associate Dean (Research), University of Portsmouth, UK. He is author or co-author of several books and articles on public administration and public sector reform, including most recently, Modernizing Civil Services (with Tony Butcher), Edward Elgar, 2003 and Decentralizing the Civil Service (with R.A.W. Rhodes, Paul Carmichael and Janice McMillan), Open University Press, 2003. ROBERT PYPER is Professor of Government and Public Administration, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. He is author, co-author or editor of seven books, including Aspects of Accou