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Routledge
06 June 2019
Politics & government; Public finance accounting; Public ownership & nationalisation
Since 2008, the world has experienced an enormous decrease of wealth. By many measures the impact of the crisis was severe. The fall in GDP, the collapse of world trade, the rise in unemployment, and the credit slump reached bigger proportions than in any other crisis since World War II. Although the economic figures seem to improve in some countries, the crisis continues being a challenging issue and is said to be one of the most important problems governments face today.

The crisis has put public finances under ever increasing pressure, and governments have responded through austerity measures such as new fiscal rules and budgeting procedures and cutbacks of public spending.

Public Management in Times of Austerity seeks to explore the austerity policies adopted by European governments and their consequences to public management. It asks how governments have implemented new rules leading to more stringency in public budgeting and financial management, and how they have cut back public expenditure. These questions are examined comparatively through case studies in different parts of Europe, and variations across countries are discussed and explained.

Throughout the volume, the consequences of the crisis and austerity policies for public management are discussed. What is the relationship between crisis and decision-making in the public sector, and how does austerity affect public-sector organisation? As the previous crisis in the 1970s resulted in a major reform movement, which was later referred to as New Public Management, Public Management in Times of Austerity look to understand whether the current crisis also leads to a wave of public management reform, and if so what is the content of this?
Edited by:   Eva Moll Sorensen (University of Copenhagen Denmark), Hanne Foss Hansen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Mads Boge Kristiansen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9780367243050
ISBN 10:   0367243059
Pages:   282
Publication Date:   06 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eva Moll Ghin is post doc in public administration at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Hanne Foss Hansen is professor in public administration and organization at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads Boge Kristiansen is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark.

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