Innovation and the Public Sector

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Aims and Scope

The functioning of the public sector gives rise to considerable debate. Not only the efficiency and efficacy of the sector are at stake, but also its legitimacy. At the same time we see that in the public sector all kinds of innovations are taking place. These innovations are not only technological, which enable the redesign of all kinds of processes, like service delivery. The emphasis can also be put on more organizational and conceptual innovations. In this series we will try to understand the nature of a wide variety of innovations taking place in the public sector of the 21st century and try to evaluate their outcomes. How do they take place? What are relevant triggers? And, how are their outcomes being shaped by all kinds of actors and influences? And, do public innovations differ from innovations in the private sector? Moreover we try to assess the actual effects of these innovations, not only from an instrumental point of view, but also from a more institutional point of view. Do these innovations not only contribute to a better functioning of the public sector, but do they also challenge grown practices and vested interests? And what does this imply for the management of public sector innovations?

This series is a continuation of “Informatization Developments and the Public Sector” (vols. 1-9, ISSN 0928-9038)

Book series editors

Prof Dr Victor J.J.M. Bekkers
Erasmus University
The Netherlands

Prof. Jean Hartley
Inst. of Governance and Public Man., Room DO.14
Warwick Business School, The Un. of Warwick
CV4 7 AL Coventry
United Kingdom

Prof. Sharon S. Dawes
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany/SUNY, 187 Wolf Rd. Suite 301
NY 12205 Albany

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