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University of Waterloo
Recreation and Leisure Studies
REC 101
Katie Misner

Lecture 16 – Public Administration & Finance Public Administration  Entails civil servants implementing a specified policy within the framework of government  The organizational structures which form the basis for public decision-making and implementation  The arrangements by which public services are delivered Traditional Model of Public Administration Rowing - Politically neutral - Focus of governments is the direct delivery of services - Best organizational structure is a centralized bureaucracy (hierarchically organized system) - Programs implemented through top-down control mechanisms - Efficiency and rationally are the most important values in public organizations Problems with Traditional Model?  Promotes a dependency culture  Inefficient structure  Ignores political reality  Expects only program participation or service/park use from citizens The New Public Management Steering Proponents of NPM advocate: - Increased autonomy for public managers - Merit system - More resources for service delivery In short, NPM promotes a new organizational culture that has many similarities with the commercial sector Tenets of Reinventing Government An effective government: 1. Is entrepreneurial 2. Steers; it doesn’t row 3. Is competitive 4. Is customer driven 5. Is mission driven Problems with Reinvention  Changes relationship with recipients of service – creates consumers from citizens  Reduces government to a purveyor of public services  Entrepreneurialism leads to very different goals The New Public Approach Civic Approach Serving - Focus is on helping citizens articulate and meet their shared interests rather than on controlling or steering society - Public interest is the aim, not the by product - Serve citizens, not customers - Accountability isn’t easy - Value citizenship above entrepreneurship Problems with Civic Approach  Insufficient concern for the product – focused instead on process  Engages only citizens who have the means to be engaged  Reduces size and influence of government  Financial – people who have the money to participate  Time – Enough time to participate  Education – Credentials to read and write In Summary: Rowing, Steering or Serving  Rowing – Designing and implementing policies focused on a single, politically defined objective  Steering – Acting as a catalyst to unleash market forces  Serving – Negotiating and brokering interests among citizens and community groups, creating shared values Resource Base  Public agencies receive their base financial resources from the public through taxation. 
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