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Public Management


Public management is a term that considers that government and non-profit administration resembles private-sector management in some important ways. As such, there are management tools appropriate in public and in private domains, tools that maximize efficiency and effectiveness. This contrasts with the study of public administration, which emphasizes the social and cultural drivers of government that many contend (e.g. Graham T. Allison and Charles Goodsell) make it different from the private sector.

Studying and teaching about public management are widely practiced in developed nations. Such credentials as the Master of Public Administration degree offer training in decision making relevant to the public good using public infrastructure.

The public manager will deal with critical infrastructure that directly and obviously affects quality of life. Trust in public managers, and the large sums spent at their behest, make them subject to many more conflict of interest and ethics guidelines in most nations.


Many entities study public management in particular, in various countries, including:

Comparative public management, through government performance auditing, examines the efficiency and effectiveness of two or more governments.

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Academic resources

  • International Journal of Public Sector Management, ISSN: 0951-3558, Emerald Group Publishing
  • Public Management Review, ISSN: 1471-9045 (electronic) 1471-9037 (paper), Routledge
  • Public Works Management & Policy, ISSN: 1552-7549 (electronic) 1087-724X (paper), SAGE Publications


External links

  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • International Public Management Network
  • International Public Management Association for Human Resources
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