Public Value Governance: Moving Beyond Traditional Public Administration and the New Public Management

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Public Administration Review, ISSN: 0033-3352, Vol: 74, Issue: 4, Page: 445-456

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Bryson, John M., Crosby, Barbara C., Bloomberg, Laura
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A new public administration movement is emerging to move beyond traditional public administration and New Public Management. Th e new movement is a response to the challenges of a networked, multi-sector, no-one-wholly-in-charge world and to the shortcomings of previous public administration approaches. In the new approach values beyond effi ciency and eff ectiveness—and especially democratic values—are prominent. Government has a special role to play as a guarantor of public values, but citizens as well as businesses and nonprofi t organizations also are important as active public problem solvers. Th e article highlights value-related issues in the new approach and presents an agenda for research and action to be pursued if the new approach is to fulfi ll its promise. Creating public value is a hot topic for both public administration practitioners and scholars (Shearer and Williams 2011; Van der Wal, Nabatachi, and de Graaf 2013). Why is that? What is going on? We believe the answer lies with the continuing evolution of public administration thinking and practice. Just as New Public Management supplanted traditional public administration in the 1980s and 1990s as the dominant view, a new movement is underway that is likely to eclipse it. Th e new approach does not have a consensually agreed name, but many authors point to the need for a new approach and to aspects of its emergence in practice and theory (e.

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