Module Identifier MBM2410  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Hugh R Burroughes  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours 2 answers from 6 questions  70%
Semester Assessment  30%


Overall the aim of the module is to ensure an understanding of why and in what way public sector management differs from private sector management.

Examination of the different accountabilities and responsibilities of public service managers, and problems involved in defining priorities and values.

The problems that arise from attempts to introduce private sector practices into public sector organisations, cross sector collaboration and the impact on values and ethics.

How and with what success the output and efficiency of public sector services can be measured.

Brief description

This module examines the principles and problems involved in the provision of goods and services by governments. A review of budgeting and decision styles associated with public administration is followed by consideration of the problems involved in public policy implementation. The main focus of the module is upon issues which have become prominent in the search for greater economy, effectiveness and responsiveness in the public sector. Radical changes in government organisations and service provision have been brought about by the introduction of private business technqieus and market forces - the 'new public management'. The case material is drawn mainly from Britain, which has seen revolutionary changes in the public sector since theearly 1980's.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bovaird T & Loffler (2003) Public Management and Governance Routledge
Ferlie, Ashburner, et al (1996) New Public Management in Action OUP, Oxford
Flynn, N. (1997) Public Sector Management 3rd. Wheatsheaf
Flynn, Norman. Public sector management edition 4th ed . Harlow : Financial Times/Prentice Hall
Ham & Hill. (1993) Policy Process in the Modern Capitalist State 2nd. Wheatsheaf
Hughes, Owen E. Public Management and Administration edition 3r.e. . Palgrave Macmillan 0333961889
Pollitt, Christopher Essential Public Manager, The 0335212328
** Supplementary Text
Clarke, John Managerial State Sage Pubns. 0803976127
David Farnham and Sylvia Horton Managing people in the public services Basingstoke : Macmillan Business
Ferlie, Ewan New Public Management in Action Oxf.U.P. 0198289030
Hill, Michael Policy Process in the Modern State edition 3r.e. . Prentice-Hall 0132692260
Horton, Sylvia Public Management in Britain Macmillan 0333737415


This module is at CQFW Level 7