Book News: June 16th, 1998

Linda Keen and Richard Scase
Lecturer in Management, University of Kent at Canterbury; Professor of Sociology and Organizational Behaviour, University of Kent at Canterbury.

Local government in Britain is undergoing fundamental transformation. This book explores the impact of these changes upon the attitudes, behaviour and job satisfaction of the managers most affected by them. On the basis of a detailed review of recent research findings and theoretical debates, it outlines the major changes affecting local government organizations and the duties and responsibilities of those working within them. This provides the context for a detailed empirical case study which explores the extent to which a rhetoric of ‘new managerialism’ is supported by a reality of change.

Contents: The ‘new’ managerialism in local government – Analysing organizations: theoretical perspectives on the ‘new managerialism’ – Changing managerial roles in local government: the new prescriptions – A study of change: Barset County Council – Changing leadership and managerial roles – New patterns of decision-making – Managers’ motivation and morale – The ‘new managerialism’ and the future of local government – References – Index.

1998 0 335 19893 7 Paperback 0 335 19894 5 Hardback