Pursuing Horizontal Management
The Politics of Public Sector Coordination
Studies in Government and Public Policy
Sales Date: March 13, 2015
214 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: March 2015
- Published: March 2015
- Published: March 2016
From the first, specialization and coordination have presented governments with a conundrum: specialized program might be best for delivering one service to the public, but combining such programs for all public services inevitably produces costly redundancies and inefficiencies. In this long-awaited book, Guy Peters brings his expertise and extensive experience to bear on the problem of administrative and policy coordination. Through theory and four real-world case studies, he explores how—and whether—coordination can transform ordinary, flawed patterns of governing into more effective and efficient performance by the public sector.
This timely work arrives at a moment when coordination is proving especially challenging—as popular approaches to public administration emphasize breaking larger public organizations into smaller, single purpose programs, and as a push to involve the private sector in policy development and implementation has increased government segmentation. For insights into the workings—and limitations—of coordination, or horizontal management, Peters draws on extensive scholarship as well as his own consulting work with governments including Finland, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, and Mexico. He highlights practical successes, and failures, of horizontal management in case studies of Homeland Security in the US; child protection in the UK; policymaking in Finland; and the operations of the European Union. In the process, Peters evaluates a full tool chest of “instruments” that might be used to enhance coordination.
Combining theory and practice, and considering a wide range of public policy challenges, this book clearly and cogently presents the most comprehensive, in-depth, and detailed discussion available of policy coordination in the public sector—at a time when its insights are most urgently needed.
"Guy Peters gives us a comprehensive inside view of the Holy Grail of Coordination. In this book we benefit from his vast international experience, his capacity to go to the essence of horizontal management, and this critical view of coordination as part of a problem but also as part of a solution."—Geert Bouckaert, President of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences
"Coordination has held ‘keyword’ status in administrative studies for over a century (at least), but few have tackled it with the thoroughness and insight that B. Guy Peters does here. What Peters brings to this effort is not merely his well known capacity to frame the concept and associated issues, but a depth and breadth of comparative knowledge second to none. This analysis will set the discussion for years to come."—Mel Dubnick, coeditor of Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: The Coordination Problem
2. Barriers to Coordination
3. Approaches to Understanding Coordination
4. The Instruments of Coordination
5. Case Studies in Coordination
6. Is Coordination Always the Answer, and Can It Be?