Studies in Productivity and Efficiency

Efficiency in the Public Sector

Editors: Fox, Kevin J. (Ed.)

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Regardless of where we live, the management of the public sector impacts on our lives. Hence, we all have an interest, one way or another, in the achievement of efficiency and productivity improvements in the activities of the public sector. For a government agency that provides a public service, striving for unreasonable benchmark targets for efficiency may lead to a deterioration of service quality, along with an increase in stress and job dissatisfaction for public sector employees. Slack performance targets may lead to gross inefficiency, poor quality of service, and low self-esteem for employees. In the case of regulation, inappropriate policies can lead to unprecedented disasters. Examples include the decimation of fish stocks through mismanagement of fisheries, and power blackouts through inappropriate restrictions on electricity generators and distributors. Efficient taxation policies minimise the tax bill for citizens.
In all of these cases, efficient management is required, although it is often unclear how to assess this efficiency. In this volume, several authors consider various aspects and contexts of performance measurement. Hence, this volume represents a unique collection of advances in efficiency assessment for the public sector by leading researchers in the field.
Efficiency in the Public Sector is divided into two sections. The first is titled "Issues in Public Sector Efficiency Evaluation" and comprises of chapters 1-4. The second section is titled "Efficiency Analysis in the Public Sector - Advances in Theory and Practice." This division is somewhat arbitrary, in the sense there are significant overlapping themes in both sections. However, it serves to separate chapters that can be characterised as dealing with broader issues (Section I), from chapters that can be characterised as focusing on specific theoretical problems and empirical cases (Section II).

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fox, Kevin J.

    Pages 1-7

  • Performance Assessment in the Public Sector

    Lovell, C. A. Knox

    Pages 11-35

  • Why Have the Returns to Microeconomic Reform been so Disappointing?

    Quiggin, John

    Pages 37-60

  • Performance Measurement and Resource Allocation

    Yaisawarng, Suthathip

    Pages 61-81

  • A Property-Rights Perspective of Efficiency: Privatizing the Commons

    Grafton, R. Quentin (et al.)

    Pages 83-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Efficiency in the Public Sector
Editors
  • Kevin J. Fox
Series Title
Studies in Productivity and Efficiency
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-3592-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-3592-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7563-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4923-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 302
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