OverviewPublic policy is about the what and why of government action. Public management deals with the how – what structures, what set of relationships, what is the nature of our activity?
This used to be simple. Departments were government’s tool for undertaking activity; local authorities automatically did things in-house; when the public sector did something it was natural to use taxes or rates to cover the cost unless it was quite clearly a good or service for sale.
Those days have gone. Governments and local authorities choose among a plethora of possible structural and other arrangements. The type of organisation best suited to the purpose is now a matter of careful analysis. Transparency and accountability are key factors. And the choice between tax or ratepayer funding and user pays has become much more complex and often controversial.
We have more than 20 years of experience helping public sector clients make effective choices. We can help you: