Governing by Network
The New Shape of the Public Sector
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Governing by Network by Stephen Goldsmith
Book DescriptionA fundamental, but mostly hidden, transformation is happening in the way public services are being delivered, and in the way local and national governments fulfill their policy goals. Government executives are redefining their core responsibilities away from managing workers and providing services directly to orchestrating networks of public, private, and nonprofit organizations to deliver the services that government once did itself. Authors Stephen Goldsmith and William D. Eggers call this new model "governing by network" and maintain that the new approach is a dramatically different type of endeavor that simply managing divisions of employees. Like any changes of such magnitude, it poses major challenges for those in charge. Faced by a web of relationships and partnerships that increasingly make up modern governance, public managers must grapple with skill-set issues (managing a contract to capture value); technology issues (incompatible information systems); communications issues (one partner in the network, for example, might possess more information than anZ99; and cultural issues (how interplay among varied public, private, and nonprofit sector cultures can create unproductive dissonance). Governing by Network examines for the first time how managers on both sides of the aisle, public and private, are coping with the changes. Drawing from dozens of case studies, as well as established best practices, the authors tell us what works and what doesn't. Here is a clear roadmap for actually governing the networked state for elected officials, business executives, and the broader public.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815731290
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen Goldsmith
Responsive City, Hardback (October 2014)
Leveraging Big Data and 21st century technology to renew cities and citizenship in America The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.
Power of Social Innovation, Hardback (March 2010)
This seminal book provides tools for civic entrepreneurs to create healthier communities and promote innovative solutions to public and social problems. It shows how to effectively tackle the intractable issues facing our country and world by exploring new ways to collaborate across sectors and leveraging strengths for the greater good.
Unlocking the Power of Networks, Paperback (January 2009)
The era of strict top-down, stovepiped public management in America is over. The traditional dichotomy between public ownership and privatization is an outdated notion.
Twenty-First Century City, Paperback (March 1999)» View all books by Stephen Goldsmith
As the mayor of America's 12th largest city, Stephen Goldsmith eliminated city deficits, enhanced services, revitalized neighbourhoods and cut taxes. This work shows how he achieved this. His philosophy is that of government acting as a business and perceiving its citizens as customers.
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Author Biography - Stephen Goldsmith
Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of Government and director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts. He is also chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and he served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis. William D. Eggers is the executive director of Deloitte's Public Leadership Institute, the global director at Deloitte Research, Public Sector, and a contributing writer to Public CIO magazine. A nationally recognized expert on government reform, he is coauthor of Revolution at the Roots: Making Our Government Smaller, Better, and Closer to Home (Free Press, 1995).
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