Local Public Services and Territorial Management
The management of local public services has been discussed extensively in the field of public management research. And it is once again at the centre of managerial concerns today due to the effects of globalization and the need for public and private decision makers to rethink the issue of regionalisation and to include territorial specificities in strategy design and processes.
The aim of this conference is to discuss neither the legitimacy, nor the crucial role of public involvement in this category of services, nor to revive the familiar public/private debate. We encourage instead topics which successfully close the gap between the two spheres and invite innovative management thinking and practice. In this framework, the matter of territorial management will emerge as central to current and future strategic developments.
What services are being offered to citizens who are increasingly involved in decision making? What tools can managers mobilize to respond to performance expectations of organisations involved? To what extent does the territorial view appeal to new management approaches?