Public Sector Organizations

Renate Meyer, Stephan Leixnering

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New public management-inspired reforms created numerous autonomous units with many different faces and labels. This variety of organizations and organizational forms precludes a straightforward definition of what constitutes a public sector organization and blurs the boundaries between the public and private sectors as well as the boundaries of single organizations. In addition, the complexity of the interlocking arrangements and relationships in this public organizational landscape has resulted in considerable governance problems with serious implications for coordination and policy coherence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
EditorsJames D. Wright
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Agencification
  • Autonomy
  • Boundaries
  • Coordination
  • Decentralization
  • Embeddedness
  • Fragmentation
  • Functions of PSOs
  • Groups of organizations
  • New public management
  • Organizational forms
  • Para-government organizations
  • Public governance
  • Public sector organizations
  • Quangos
  • Reaggregation
  • Whole-of-Government

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