Publics, Politics and Power
Remaking the Public in Public Services
- Janet Newman - The Open University
- John Clarke - The Open University, UK
Public Management | Public Policy & Public Administration | Social Policy Theory
Publicness appears to be in decline or retreat in the face of markets, consumerism and individualism. Yet questions of public participation, public governance and the reform of public services are at the top of the political agenda in many countries.
Publics, Politics and Power offers an innovative analysis of the changing fortunes of publicness. The book
" Explores the emergence of new forms, sites and practices of publicness and the implications for public services.
" Examines the remaking of the public in the context of new formations of the nation, where issues of migration, diversity and faith challenge traditional forms of solidarity and citizenship.
" Traces the emergence of hybrid organizational forms and new strategies for governing publics and public services.
" Assesses some of the ways in which the public domain is being recast around notions of civil society, community, and populist participatory politics.
Chapters include vignettes illustrating the book's core concepts, making this a useful teaching resource and valuable reading for students of public management, public and social policy, sociology and cultural studies, and for those working in public services.
Janet Newman is a Professor of Social Policy at the Open University, and Director of the Publics Research Programme within the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance. John Clarke is a Professor of Social Policy at the Open University. His research has centred on conflicts over the future of welfare states, public services and citizenship in the UK and elsewhere.
This is an essential collection for PA students and scholars. It provides critical analysis of the state of publicness in current public administration and state operations. The book is well organised and easy to read for any level of readers.
Very relevant when studying the evolution of hybrid organisational forms like housing associations and for governing key public services
level too high for 1st year Bachelor students
This book formulates powerful arguments which are pertinent to the work of all us within the public services sectors.
The book will be invaluable invarious modules that will be delivered on the Public Sercvices Foundation Degree. This provides good reading for the students, and will be a good aide memoire in their studies. The institution will be ordering this book for the library so the learners will be able to have access to it.
Excellent analysis of the roles and relationships between the public, government and external agencies. helpful in an analysis of the policy process, governance and thinking about the boundaries and limitations of the state.
This is another excellent text from Clarke and Newman which traces and makes sense of the changing relations between government and citizens. It will be particularly helpful for 3rd year undergradute and postgraduate students.
I like this book very much and like most of their work, it is a very comprehensive and indepth account of the ways in which the new labour government has reconfigured welfare services
I will certainly use some of the ideas and concepts in the book to underpin some of the current thinking in leadership and management and I will refer students to it as supplemental reading. it will certainly be used when we discuss the issue of goverance
This will be used in areas on the leadership module- where nurses at MSc and PG Dip level critically examine the health sevrice and try to position the voice of nursing in the current debate.
Insightful analysis of the factors behind the sweeping changes to the provision of public services in England