Editorial: Competing Values in Public Management Introduction to the Symposium Issue

Public Management Review Volume 13 (3), 2011, page 331-341

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-03

Posted: 13 Jan 2015

Date Written: March 31, 2011

Abstract

The main objective of the article is to review relevant literature on (competing) public values in public management and to present a number of perspectives on how to deal with value conflicts in different administrative settings and contexts. We start this symposium with the assumption that value conflicts are prevalent, the public context can be characterized by value pluralism, and instrumental rationality does not seem to be the most useful to understand or improve value conflicts in public governance. This begs the question: what is the best way to study and manage value conflicts? The contributions to this symposium issue approach value conflicts in public governance from different perspectives, within different countries and different administrative and management systems, hoping to contribute to the debate on how to deal with important yet conflicting public values in public management, without pretending to offer a conclusive strategy or approach. This introductory article also presents and reviews the contributions to this symposium issue.

Keywords: Public values, competing values, public management, good governance, ethics

Suggested Citation

Van Der Wal, Zeger and de Graaf, Gjalt and Lawton, Alan, Editorial: Competing Values in Public Management Introduction to the Symposium Issue (March 31, 2011). Public Management Review Volume 13 (3), 2011, page 331-341; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 15-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2548878

Zeger Van Der Wal (Contact Author)

LKYSPP ( email )

Singapore
Singapore

Gjalt De Graaf

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Alan Lawton

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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