Archives for November 8th, 2001

THE SPIRIT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Book News, PublicNet: 8 November, 2001

By H. George FredericksonGeorge Frederickson presents his own view of public adminstration giving an insight into the major forces affecting this rapidly changing field. In this in-depth search for the soul and spirit of public administration, the author examines the values that guide it, the politics that surround it, its roles, purposes, ethical issues, and more. He discusses the most pressing issues facing public management today. He shows how our definition of public administration must move beyond mere management values such as efficiency and economy to a broader concept that includes the values of citizenship, fairness, equity, justice, ethics, responsiveness, and patriotism–and thus ennoble the day-to-day practices of public work.

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PRIVATE FINANCE BOOSTING SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2001

Some one billion pounds of funding from the Private Finance Initiative is helping to deliver the greatest programme of school building and modernization the UK has ever seen. Almost 500 schools are involved in contracts with private sector suppliers and the first 20 newly built PFI schools are now open.It is estimated that over the next two years a further 2 billion pounds will be levered into the schools building programme. Some 30 contractors are actively involved in bidding for contracts

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NHS MANAGERS CALL FOR FREEDOM TO MANAGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2001

The NHS Confederation, which represents managers in trusts and health authorities, believes that the Government’s approach to performance management is not working and is causing short termism. The Confederation argues that much of what managers do to measure performance in the NHS undermines attempts to improve it. They are told to be innovative and take risks, but don’t fail. They are urged to change from the bottom, but directives continue to come from the top telling them what to do.The Confederation’s challenge is supported by the launch of three reports arguing that to improve performance the government must focus less on detailed specific targets and more on identifying key pointers that show how the whole is performing. The reports recognize that the Government is
struggling to get out of a continuous cycle of micromanagement of the NHS and they argue that failure to break the cycle will mean that attempts to turn round the NHS may fail.

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