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BUSM080 Public Policy and Governance


1 (2016/17)



Module organiser

Professor Perri 6

Module overview

The module examines political accountability, media scrutiny and the role of public managers in policy-making processes. Distinctive features of public sector management are studied, as are the financial, contractual, regulatory and collaborative relations between public, private and non-profit sectors in the provision of public services, and their trade-offs and implementation challenges. It explores the development of performance measurement and management, and examines dilemmas of regulation. Issues of policy implementation are explored, drawing on recent findings from the "third generation" of implementation studies. It examines deepening relationships between local, national and international tiers of governance. Comparative analysis of trends in public management reform and types of implementation capability will be examined, and management challenges in international and global public authorities will be introduced (thus preparing students for the elective module on global governance and international organisations in the following semester).


100% coursework (30% critical essay and 70% analytical essay)

Indicative reading list

  • Ferlie E, Lynn LE jnr and Pollitt C, eds, 2005, The Oxford handbook of public management, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Bovaird T and Loeffler E, 2009, Public management and governance, 2nd edn, London: Routledge. 
  • Osborne SP, ed, 2009, The new public governance, London: Routledge.
  • Peters G, 2001, The politics of bureaucracy, London: Routledge.
  • John P, 2012, Analysing public policy, 2nd edn, London: Routledge.
  • Hill M and Hupe P, 2009, Implementing public policy: an introduction to the study of operational governance, London: Sage
  • Alford J and O’Flynn J, 2012, Rethinking public service delivery: managing with external providers, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bertelli AM, 2012, The political economy of public sector governance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Ashworth R, Boyne G and Entwistle T, eds, 2010, Public service improvement: theories and evidence, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hood, C, Scott, C, James, O, Jones, GW, Travers, T, 1999, Regulation inside government: waste- watchers, quality police and sleaze-busters, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Pollitt C, 2012, New perspectives on public services: place and technology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dolowitz, D. and Marsh, D., 1996 Who learns from whom? A review of the policy transfer literature, Political studies, 44, 2, 343-57.
  • Pollitt C and Bouckaert G, 2011, Public management reform – a comparative analysis: new public management, governance and the neo-Weberian state, 3rd edn, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Mulgan G, 2009, The art of public strategy: mobilising power and knowledge for the common good, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Morphet J, 2013, How Europe shapes British public policy, Bristol: Policy Press.

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