Public value: conjecture and refutation, theory and ethics

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Grant, Bligh and Fisher, Josie. 2010. "Public value: conjecture and refutation, theory and ethics." Gurd, Bruce (ed.) 24th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2010). Adelaide, Australia 08 - 10 Dec 2010 Brisbane, Australia.
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Public value: conjecture and refutation, theory and ethics

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsGrant, Bligh (Author) and Fisher, Josie (Author)
EditorsGurd, Bruce
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 24th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2010)
Number of Pages15
Year2010
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN1877040827
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.anzamconference.org/program.asp
Conference/Event24th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2010)
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C
Event Details
24th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2010)
Parent
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Delivery
In person
Event Date
08 to end of 10 Dec 2010
Event Location
Adelaide, Australia
Abstract

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.

Keywordsaccountability; governance; new public management; public sector reform
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380113. Public economics - public choice
440708. Public administration
350709. Organisation and management theory
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of New England
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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