New book: The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and Administration

The Oxford Handbook of Classics in Public Policy and AdministratioThis Handbook brings together a collection of leading international authors to reflect on the influence of central contributions, or classics, that have shaped the development of the field of public policy and administration.

The Handbook reflects on a wide range of key contributions to the field, selected on the basis of their international and wider disciplinary impact. Focusing on classics that contributed significantly to the field over the second half of the 20th century, it offers insights into works that have explored aspects of the policy process, of particular features of bureaucracy, and of administrative and policy reforms.

Each classic is discussed by a leading international scholars. They offer unique insights into the ways in which individual classics have been received in scholarly debates and disciplines, how classics have shaped evolving research agendas, and how the individual classics continue to shape contemporary scholarly debates. In doing so, this volume offers a novel approach towards considering the various central contributions to the field.

The Handbook offers students of public policy and administration state-of-the-art insights into the enduring impact of key contributions to the field.

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New book: The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State

The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities

The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities

by Martin Lodge (Editor), Kai Wegrich (Editor)

The early 21st century has presented considerable challenges to the problem-solving capacity of the contemporary state in the industrialised world. Among the many uncertainties, anxieties and tensions, it is, however, the cumulative challenge of fiscal austerity, demographic developments, and climate change that presents the key test for contemporary states. Debates abound regarding the state's ability to address these and other problems given increasingly dispersed forms of governing and institutional vulnerabilities created by politico-administrative and economic decision-making structures. This volume advances these debates, first, by moving towards a cross-sectoral perspective that takes into account the cumulative nature of the contemporary challenge to governance focusing on the key governance areas of infrastructure, sustainability, social welfare, and social integration; second, by considering innovations that have sought to add problem-solving capacity; and third, by exploring the kind of administrative capacities (delivery, regulatory, coordination, and analytical) required to encourage and sustain innovative problem-solving. This edition introduces a framework for understanding the four administrative capacities that are central to any attempt at problem-solving and how they enable the policy instruments of the state to have their intended effect. It also features chapters that focus on the way in which these capacities have become stretched and how they have been adjusted, given the changing conditions; the way in which different states have addressed particular governance challenges, with particular attention paid to innovation at the level of policy instrument and the required administrative capacities; and, finally, types of governance capacities that lie outside the boundaries of the state.

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The Ashgate Research Companion to New Public Management

The Ashgate Research Companion to New Public ManagementEdited by Tom Christensen, University of Oslo, Norway and Per Lægreid, University of Bergen, Norway
Hardback, 522 pages, includes 9 figures and 17 tables
Published: January 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7546-7806-9
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A comprehensive, up-to-the-moment review of the New Public Management movement, the driving forces behind its reform and its various trajectories and special features. The Companion offers a refreshing analysis of key issues, and is essential reading for students, and anyone with an interest in modern administrative reform.

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New book by SOG author: Organizing for Coordination

Organizing for Coordination in the Public Sector

SOG member Per Laegreid is one of the editors of Organizing for Coordination in the Public Sector, just published by Palgrave Macmillan.  Details about the book.  “This important collection is comprised of 20 European case studies; it offers valuable insights into public sector coordination and points to important lessons for devising and implementing new coordination instruments.”

The Oxford Handbook of Regulation

The Oxford Handbook of RegulationEdited by Robert Baldwin, Martin Cave, and Martin Lodge
Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management
680 pages
978-0-19-956021-9 | Hardback | 09 September 2010

  • 'State of the art' interdisciplinary study of regulation in an international context
  • Each chapter provides a broad overview of key current issues and perspectives from a leading expert
  • Particular focus on the issues of the application of specific regulatory approaches in different contexts


Regulation is often thought of as an activity that restricts behaviour and prevents the occurrence of certain undesirable activities, but the influence of regulation can also be enabling or facilitative, as when a market could potentially be chaotic if uncontrolled. This Handbook provides a clear and authoritative discussion of the major trends and issues in regulation over the last thirty years, together with an outline of prospective developments. It brings together contributions from leading scholars from a range of disciplines and countries.

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