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Competing for influence : the role of the public service in better government in Australia

Author: Barry Ferguson
Publisher: Canberra : ANU Press, 2019.
Series: Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Ser.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Amidst growing dissatisfaction with the state of government performance and an erosion of trust in our political class, Competing for Influence asks: what sort of public service do we want in Australia? Drawing on his experience in both the public and private sectors - and citing academic research across the fields of public sector management, industrial organisation, and corporate strategy - Barry Ferguson argues  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ferguson, Barry.
Competing for Influence : The Role of the Public Service in Better Government in Australia.
Canberra : ANU Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Ferguson
ISBN: 9781760462772 1760462772
OCLC Number: 1119629330
Description: 1 online resource (433 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Government and governance --
The problem of policy formation --
Public administration performance measurement --
The role and activities of the public service --
Organisational design --
Arguments for better strategy --
The competitive advantage of the public sector --
Adjusting to change: The role of innovation --
Public policy towards the public service --
Reflections.
Series Title: Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Ser.
Responsibility: Barry Ferguson.

Abstract:

Amidst growing dissatisfaction with the state of government performance and an erosion of trust in our political class, Competing for Influence asks: what sort of public service do we want in Australia? Drawing on his experience in both the public and private sectors - and citing academic research across the fields of public sector management, industrial organisation, and corporate strategy - Barry Ferguson argues the case for the careful selection and application of private sector management concepts to the public service, both for their ability to strengthen the public service and inform public policy. These include competitive advantage, competitive positioning, horizontal strategy and organisational design, and innovation as an all-encompassing organisational adjustment mechanism to a changeable environment. But these are not presented as a silver bullet, and Ferguson addresses other approaches to reform, including the need to rebuild the Public Sector Act, the need to reconsider the interface between political and administrative arms of government (and determine what is in the 'public interest'), and the need for greater independence for the public service within a clarified role. This approach, and its implications for public sector reform, is contrasted with the straitjacket of path dependency that presently constricts the field.

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