Contemporary Public Services
Public Services, Public Management, Public Sector Reform
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|Prerequisites for Module|
Aims of Module
The aims of this module are to (1) examine the restructuring of the public services, and assess their impact upon providers and users and (2) to evaluate the impact of public sector reforms upon the delivery and management of contemporary public services.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
||Critically analyse the dimensions of change in the new public services and evaluate the context in which they occured.|
||Critically analyse and evaluate the new management climate and responses there to in the public services|
||Evaluate the effectiveness of public service reforms and restructuring|
||Critically assess the impact of change upon the provision of public services|
Indicative Module Content
'policy' and 'management' in the public sector economy, efficiency and effectiveness competition and markets, decentralisation, accountability and participation collaboration and partnership. Best Value. Performance Measurement.
|Indicative Student Workload|
Mode of Delivery
This is a lecture based course supplemented with interactive group work, tutorials/workshops and directed study.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
The coursework will consist of a written report of roughly 3000-4000 words.
|1.||HUGHES, O., 2012. Public Management and Administration: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.|
|2.||Flynn, N. (2002) Public Sector Management,Harlow; Pearson Education.|
|3.||Pollitt, C. (2003) The Essential Public Manager, Buckingham: OU Press.|
|4.||Massey, A. and Pyper, R (2005) Public Management and Modernisation in Britain, London: Palgrave.|