Public value: conjecture and refutation, theory and ethics

Grant, Bligh and Fisher, Josie (2010) Public value: conjecture and refutation, theory and ethics. In: ANZAM 2010: Managing for Unknowable Futures, 8-10 Dec 2010, Adelaide, Australia.

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This paper explores the theory of Public Value and the debate it has created in public management theory and practice. Public Value was first articulated by Mark Moore (1995). Scholars of public administration have argued, on the one hand, that Public Value can ‘solve the puzzle’ of ‘balancing democracy and efficiency’ in democracies (Stoker, 2006a; Wallis and Gregory, 2009) and on the other,
that it constitutes a dangerous return to the justification for public managers as ‘Platonic guardians’ of political systems (Rhodes and Wanna, 2007). We argue that this debate neglects that Moore provides an ethical foundation for public managers to exercise autonomy in decision-making; thereby giving them a renewed legitimacy, importance and confidence when managing for unknowable futures.

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Additional Information: Copyright 2010 The Authors. 'Public Value: Conjecture and refutation, theory and ethics' in Gurd, B., Australian New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) 24th Annual Conference Managing for Unknowable Futures, Adelaide, December 6th-10th: 1-15. Published by Tour Hosts Pty Ltd. ISBN: 1-877040-82-7. FORs: 150303; 150310. SEOs: 910402; 910405. Please note that this particular publication does not have a permanent URL or doi (it’s a refereed conference proceeding with an ISBN). It does not have an institutional affiliation on the paper
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 00:40
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 14:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: accountability; governance; new public management; public sector reform
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140213 Public Economics-Public Choice
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910405 Public Sector Productivity

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