Brodtrick, Otto
September 1986
Public Administration Quarterly;Fall86, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p294
Academic Journal
This article presents a study which examined the elimination of barriers to productive management in public sector organizations in Canada. The first finding is that political priorities have a significant impact on productive management. The political process naturally has political aims. Yet, what is good for productive politics is not necessarily good for productive management. Productive management can be defined as achieving satisfactory results at reasonable cost. That is, however, not the definition of productive politics. The political process needs votes, because the market test of politics is re-election. The second finding is that management feels unduly constrained by administrative procedures which limit managerial authority. The third finding is that there are few incentives and rewards to productive management, but many disincentives. Incentives for public service executives, when compared to their colleagues in the private sector, are minimal. There are no stock options, no sizeable bemuses, and no limousines. Money does not seem to be uppermost in the minds of government managers. They did indicate, however, that it would be nice to get some genuine recognition for performance that is especially outstanding.


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