Managerial Functions in the Public Sector

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The managerial functions in the public sector are many and varied and this chapter maps their terrain. In so doing, it addresses a number of key questions: First, what are these managerial functions and have they changed over time? Second, what skills are required by public sector managers to carry out these functions? Third, are the functions and skills unique to the public sector? In seeking to answer these questions, it is suggested that managerial functions will be conditional upon organizational structures, on community expectations of public managers, and on the political direction that public servants are given by their political leaders.

Throughout the discussion, the term public managers is used to refer to those appointed civil servants and local government officers who are responsible for overseeing the delivery of public services whether they are in education, healthcare,...


Public Service Motivation Professional City Managers Political Oversight Private Sector Management Bureaucratic Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federation University AustraliaGippsland CampusChurchillAustralia