School of Business and Management

BUSM142 Public Management and Governance


2 (2017/18)



Module organiser

Professor Martin Laffin


Module overview

This module focuses on the political context for public management, the complex accountability pressures which public managers face, the roles they play in policy-making, as well as some of the trends in public management reform. Increasingly public services are delivered by for-profit firms and non-profit organisations. The module examines the trade-offs and implementation challenges of these arrangements. Of great interest are strategies for e-government, and we'll examine the challenges involved. The module will introduce students to key issues in budgeting which affect the work of all public managers during periods of ‘austerity’. We'll explore the deepening relationships between local, national and international tiers of governance.  


40% coursework and 60% coursework

Indicative reading list


Basic reading:

  • Bovaird T and Loeffler E, 2009, Public management and governance, 2nd edn, London: Routledge.
  • Ferlie E, Lynn LE jnr and Pollitt C, eds, 2005, The Oxford handbook of public management, Oxford:Oxford University Press.
  • Hughes OE, 2012, Public management and administration: an introduction, 4th edn, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stevenson A, ed, 2013, The public sector: managing the unmanageable, London: Kogan Page.
  • Basic, empirical, focused on UK, especially England:
  • Flynn N, 2012, Public sector management, 6th edn, London: Sage.
  • Burnham J and Pyper R, 2008, Britain’s modernised civil service, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Massey A and Pyper R, eds, 2005, Public management and modernisation in Britain, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Empirical, focused on comparing countries:
  • Kuhlmann S and Wollmann H 2014, Introduction to comparative public administration: administrative systems and reforms in Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Massey A and Johnston K, eds, 2015, The international handbook of public administration and governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • 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
  • International, with particular relevance to developing countries:
  • Andrews M, 2013, The limits of institutional reform in development: changing rules for realistic solutions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.