The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant

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  1. Fritz Sager, Eva Thomann, Peter Hupe
  2. Ingmar van Meerkerk, Jurian Edelenbos

About this book


The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant examines what it means to be a public servant in today’s world(s) where globalisation and neoliberalism have proliferated the number of actors who contribute to the public purpose sector and created new spaces that public servants now operate in. It considers how different scholarly approaches can contribute to a better understanding of the identities, motivations, values, roles, skills, positions and futures for the public servant, and how scholarly knowledge can be informed by and translated into value for practice. The book combines academic contributions with those from practitioners so that key lessons may be synthesised and translated into the context of the public servant.                                                                   




Public service Public service motivation Confucius Weber Law Politics Economics Government Globalisation Neo-liberalism NPM Public value Evidence based policy making Co-production Interest groups Think tanks Public service reform Professionalization Regulatory regime Disruptive technology

About the authors

Helen Sullivan is a public policy researcher, teacher, advisor, and senior university leader. As Director of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, she heads Asia-Pacific’s leading public policy school. Helen’s research explores the changing nature of state-society relationships in the context of collaboration, urban politics, and public policy and service reform. Helen has a long-term commitment to bridging the gap between research and policy and in 2016 she was made a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in recognition of her significant contribution to public administration. In 2019, Helen was elected to the Executive Board of the International Research Society on Public Management and elected President of the Australian Political Studies Association for the year 2020-21.

Helen Dickinson is Professor of Public Service Research and Director of the Public Service Research Group at the School of Business, University of New South Wales, Canberra.  Her expertise is in public services, particularly in relation to topics such as governance, policy implementation and stewardship of 4th industrial revolution technologies.  In 2015 Helen was made a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and in 2019 awarded a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has worked with a range of different levels of government, community organisations and private organisations in Australia, UK, New Zealand and Europe on research and consultancy programmes. 

Hayley Henderson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Her research is focused on urban policymaking and collaborative governance in addressing complex urban problems. In particular, the focus of her work has been on urban renewal and river basin management in Australian and Argentine cities.


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