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Guardians of Public Value

How Public Organisations Become and Remain Institutions

Editors: Boin, Arjen, Fahy, Lauren, 't Hart, Paul (Eds.)

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  • Narrates the histories of a dozen high-profile pubic organisations from across the world
  • Analyzes how over time these organisations have become highly values 'institutions' 
  • Suggests leadership lessons for institution builders
  • Offers an array of teachable case studies about successful organisations fit for classroom use 
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This open access book presents case studies of twelve organisations which the public have come to view as institutions. From the BBC to Doctors Without Borders, from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra to CERN, this volume examines how some organisations rise to prominence and remain in high public esteem through changing and challenging times. It builds upon the scholarly tradition of institutional scholarship pioneered by Philip Selznick, and highlights common themes in the stories of these highly diverse organizations; demonstrating how leadership, learning, and luck all play a role in becoming and remaining an institution. This case study format makes this volume ideal for classroom use and practitioners alike. In an era where public institutions are increasingly under threat, this volume offers concrete lessons for contemporary organisation leaders.

About the authors

Arjen Boin is Professor of Public Institutions and Governance at the Department of Political Science, Leiden University, Netherlands. Arjen has studied all sorts of public institutions, how they are formed, how they function, how they are preserved and how they grow old.

Paul ‘t Hart is Professor of Public Administration at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Paul currently leads the ERC Advanced Grant program Successful Public Governance which examines the dynamics and lessons of successful public policies, organizations and collaborations.

Lauren A. Fahy is a PhD Fellow at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands. She studies successful public organizations as part of the Successful Public Governance program.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Guardians of Public Value: How Public Organizations Become and Remain Institutions

    Pages 1-35

    Boin, Arjen (et al.)

  • The Election Commission of India: Guardian of Democracy

    Pages 37-62

    Ahuja, Amit (et al.)

  • Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigations Bureau: Guardian of Public Integrity

    Pages 63-86

    Wal, Zeger

  • The BBC: Guardian of Public Understanding

    Pages 87-110

    Seaton, Jean

  • Sweden’s Riksbank: Guardian of Monetary Integrity

    Pages 111-134

    Lindvall, Johannes

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Guardians of Public Value
Book Subtitle
How Public Organisations Become and Remain Institutions
Editors
  • Arjen Boin
  • Lauren Fahy
  • Paul 't Hart
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51701-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51701-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51700-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 353
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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