Australian Journal of Public Administration

Cover image for Vol. 73 Issue 2

Edited By: John Wanna

Impact Factor: 0.435

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 35/46 (Public Administration)

Online ISSN: 1467-8500

Public Value


The Australian Journal of Public Administration has long been the journal of record in Australia. It has also played host to critical debates about the theory and practice of public administration and public management. In this virtual issue we present a selection of articles which relate to the notion of public value; an approach to public management which has attracted considerable attention from practitioners, and also sparked important scholarly debate. Whilst many will consider this a contemporary debate, the AJPA has included numerous articles on this topics over the last two decades. In this virtual issue we present a selection of articles which cover three main themes as they relate to public value: the ideas, the debates and applications.

Section 1 – Public Value: Editors Introduction
All Praise Public Value? The Ideas, The Debate, and Some Applications
Janine O’Flynn

Section 2 - Public Value: The Ideas

Towards a New Public Management Model: Beyond “Managerialism” and Its Critics
John Alford

Public Value as the Focus of Strategy
Mark H. Moore

Focusing in Public Value: Something New and Something Old
R.F.I. Smith

The Meaning of Strategy in the Public Sector
Jenny Stewart

From New Public Management to Public Value: Paradigmatic Change and Managerial Implications
Janine O’Flynn

Section 3 - Public Value: The Debate
The Limits to Public Value, or Rescuing Responsible Government from the Platonic Guardians
R.A.W. Rhodes and John Wanna

The Limits to Traditional Public Administration, or Rescuing Public Value from Misrepresentation
John Alford

Stairways to Heaven: A Reply to Alford
R.A.W. Rhodes and John Wanna

Valuing Public Value: Recognising and Applying Knowledge about the Governmental Process
H.K. Colebatch

Section 4 – Public Value: Some Applications
Program Strategy and Coalition Building as Facets of New Public Management
Ian Marsh

Creating Public Value in E-Government: A Public-Private-Citizen Collaboration Framework in Web 2.0
Glenn Hui and Mark Richard Hayllar

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