Carol Propper - Management in the Public Sector: Evidence from the English NHS

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Abstract: This paper investigates whether top managers can affect organizational performance in the public sector. Public sector organisations are important in many countries not only in financing, but also in the delivery of, public services. The public sector organisational form is widespread in education, healthcare and local public service delivery. In the search for greater productivity in public service delivery, a popular political reform model is to grant these organisations greater freedoms from central control and to emphasise the role of local management and control. In this paper we examine English public hospitals. This is an ideal setting to understand the role of top‐level managers in the public sector.

Presenter: Carol Propper, Imperial College London

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