14th Annual Conference of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Sofia, 7-8 October 2011
Edited By George Chobanov and Jürgen Plöhn
CHAPTER TWO: STUDIES ON EUROPEAN ECONOMIES AND POLICY AREAS
BEYOND STATE AND MARKET: TOWARDS A PARTICIPATED GOVERNANCE OF LOCAL PUBLIC UTILITIES? LUCA BARTOCCI / FRANCESCA PICCIAIA (UNIVERSITY OF PERUGIA, ITALY) 1. Introduction The search for a new way of organizing the public sector is a significant problem for many countries, especially in light of the current crisis, which poses the need to provide satisfactory levels of public services in compliance with a condition of financial sustainability. This need for renewal must be inserted in a stage in which the transi- tion to a new model of public administration had already begun at least in the theoretical debate: the long period inspired by New Public Man- agement (NPM) seems to be at an end, that is why conceptual models are now focusing on the need to establish a new relationship with civil socie- ty and citizens, no longer considered as mere customers. Many “labels” are used today (Public Governance, Collaborative Governance, Commu- nity Governance, New Public Service, Public Value Management, just to name the most common). They all focus on the search for a new narra- tive of the relationship between “public” and “private”. Supposing that it is actually possible to talk of a new post-managerial era, the need of the civil society for an accountable public administration and the need of citizens to play a central role are still meaningful in the heritage of the NPM. This is the context where the two central ideas of this work developed: the recovery of an “old” concept of democratic systems, that...
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