The hallmark of managerialist discourse is value, considered as a quantifiable abstraction, where the intention is to always ‘add value’. The central question addressed here by a team of international expert authors from across a range of disciplines is this: in what ways has this abstraction of value impacted on the substantive work and ethical integrity of government and the public sector, and, more broadly, of the professions (including that of management itself)? Has it displaced this work, or simply recast it? The volume addresses audiences in social sciences, philosophy, management, business, and organisational studies.
Anna Yeatman is a professorial research fellow in the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University’s public policy program. Her many publications include Postmodern Revisionings of the Political (2014), Individualiztion and the Delivery of Welfare Services (2009) and Bureaucrats, Technocrats, Femocrats (1990).