Archive for May, 2009

Source: "Stoker, G. 2005. "Public value management – A new narrative for networked governance?" American Review of Public Administration 36 (1) 1 March: 41–57."

I want to share with you a seminal paper on Public Value Management (PVM) which supports Web 2.0 . Added bonus: it summarises and contextualises all three Governance models: Traditional Public Administration (TPA), New Public Management (NPM) and of course PVM.

What are governance paradigms? The model, the principles , essentially; the structure that supports the framework for decision-making and action within government. You may not know it, but the governance structure and signposts that provide both the direction and frustration of government work is supported by an intentional and deliberate governance paradigm.

Don’t believe me? If this wasn’t true, the study of Public Administration would be quite barren, haphazard, and scattered, with little substance to provide the content for textbooks and curriculum for Masters courses in public administration (let alone doctorate-level courses).

Tell me if these predominant themes in NPM speak to you: accountability, performance measurement, management framework, risk-mitigation, managed efficiency.

I’d like to share with you an overview of these governance paradigms, so you can wow your colleagues, impress your mother, and stupefy your classmates. Yes, stupefy. › Continue reading…


PM Harper's Chief of Staff Guy Giorno and outgoing top public servant and Privy Council Office Clerk Kevin Lynch

Sub-title: The closest this blog will get to discussing politics

Sub-sub-title: Does PCO Clerk Lynch’s departure signal a new governance model?

Canada’s top public servant, Kevin Lynch, is retiring. There’s a lot of politics about it, and you can bet your wallet money that I’m not going to discuss that here, however I think it marks an important change in governance, redefining public service renewal.

As I discussed last week, I do think a new governance model is necessary to support and sustain Web 2.0 in government (I confess, this paragraph was to link this post to Web 2.0). Right now, I’m thinking there’s motive, means, and opportunity for this. › Continue reading…

Proposed governance model

Proposed governance model

Last in a series of 4: finally, the solution to the governance problem. Here it is – to the right.

As I discussed previously, Web 2.0 enhances the social learning and networked goverance, yet causes friction with the prevailing governance model which is currently dominated by the New Public Management paradigm of performance measurement, reporting, controls, audits. It can’t continue.

I propose two things:

1) Out with New Public Management, In with Public Value Management

2) Complement governance with Social learning and Networked governance, and support it with Innovative drivers (like Web 2.0).

Before I go into them, I repeat a point I subtly made in my last entry:

Web 2.0 isn’t actually what we need – It’s the mechanisms that Web 2.0 facilitates, which are Social Learning andNetworked Governance.

Web 2.0 has helped public servants better collaborate and connect with each other, and adapt to changes. Public servants need to learn and connect. Why can’t they? It threatens the governance model. So, new management paradigm, followed by a sustainable use of technology. › Continue reading…

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