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The Promise of the Life Sciences in Public Administration

May 25, 2017

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iStock-492797381-handsJoseph Losco explores the impact of life science findings for generating a more accurate portrait of human action – and the consequences for public administration.

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The Paradox of Public Policy Transfer

May 15, 2017

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cloud_connect_network_ideasiStock-594911926.pngMagdaléna Hadjiisky, Leslie A. Pal and Christopher Walker examine the micro-dynamics of public policy transfer across regions, contrasting policy fields and multiple levels of governance.
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Reforming public administration in Europe requires a good grasp of nuances

August 25, 2016

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lights-cityscapeToo different? Europe’s bureaucracies defy uniform approaches to reform, writes Gerhard Hammerschmid.

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The Hallmarks of Public, Utilities and Concessions Procurement

July 14, 2016

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technical_drawing2The 2014 EU legislative framework on public procurement and concessions has been enacted with high expectation, explains Christopher Bovis. […]

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The Importance of Boring Old Public Management

May 26, 2016

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public-mgt-blog-picChristopher Pollitt explains.

The mass media are full of political theatre but usually say little about the management and administration of public programmes. Management may get attention when something goes wrong (‘Accident and Emergency departments in crisis!’; ‘Passport office chaos!’) but most of the time administrative issues are seemingly too boring to attract much journalistic attention.

This lack of interest in managerial issues is often echoed among politicians themselves. They are busy feeding the 24/7 news cycle with stories of personalities, innovations, transformations, disasters, plots and crises. Organising things is not their forté – most politicians have little experience of running large, complex organisations, and in career terms they have little to gain from investing much time in learning how to do so.

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