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The Limits to Public Value, or Rescuing Responsible Government from the Platonic Guardians

Rhodes, Roderick; Wanna, John


In various guises, public value has become extraordinarily popular in recent years. We challenge the relevance and usefulness of the approach in Westminster systems with their dominant hierarchies of control, strong roles for ministers, and tight authorising regimes underpinned by disciplined two-party systems. We start by spelling out the core assumptions behind the public value approach. We identify two key confusions; about public value as theory, and in defining 'public managers'. We...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Public Administration
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2007.00553.x


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