The paper "Contemporary Challenges in Public Management, Governance, and Leadership" is an outstanding example of a management literature review. The public sector faces the complex task of addressing complex issues of local communities in the contemporary public management environment that is rife with uncertainty and austerity. These are aggravated by the inherent challenges that affect governance and leadership (Ashworth et al T 2013). While the public authority seeks to ensure that the management of public resources is effective and responsive to the public interests, the use of these resources is established in consequence of the electoral programs and public surveys in the view of meeting strategic objectives that satisfy the immediate and the long-term needs of the community, or the government.
Critically, therefore, the pressures from the challenges affecting public administration have far-reaching impacts that need review (Aguilar & Zavala 2011). This essay examines the contemporary challenges in public management, governance, and leadership. To ensure this, it explores the new challenges to public administration in the age of austerity and uncertainty. It further examines citizen participation and governance, quality of governance and government performance, and collaborative government in a networked society.
Also discussed include the transparency, openness, and accountability in the public sector, applications of new technologies for emerging public administration problems, ethics in the public sector, and lastly, new institutional design for emerging policy challenges in the UAE and MENA region. Challenges in the age of austerity and uncertainty The age of austerity and uncertainty depict the periods of crisis or momentous policy change, which may trigger individuals into upsetting the balance. Additionally, they encourage the thought that political change is unparalleled, new policy-making situations are extraordinary or different from the past.
For instance, in the UK’ s current age of austerity, the conception of a Majoritarian political system had generated fast and sweeping policy changes that appear unshakable (Storre 2008). However, these reforms bring new challenges, such as instances where policymakers only get to pay attention to a few responsible issues. Additionally, the policymakers have limited cognitive ability to gather information. Rather, they rely on trial and error methods to develop policies.
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