Public Services as Adapting Organisations?

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Taking climate change as an example, this chapter examines the ways and the extent to which public services adjust to change. Climate change and the progressing energy transition calls for all actors, including public services, to change the way they operate and work around their goals. In this evolving context and disruptive reality, public services face a number of new challenges that call for innovative ways of dealing with complex issues and multiple goals simultaneously.
This chapter’s objectives, more particularly, are
• to demonstrate how public services use their multiple competences and policy tools, agenda/goals-setting, policy formulation and policy implementation, to contribute to climate action and energy transition;
• to explore further avenues of upscaling climate action, such as increasing climate and energy ambition, intensification of the conversion of operations away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy, and different employment structures; and
• to showcase how taking this direction chimes with increasing demand and a more favourable political, economic and social environment for a climate-sensitive modus operandi of public services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Public Services: A Contemporary Introduction
EditorsE. K. Sarter, Elizabeth Cookingham Bailey
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1447364016
ISBN (Print)978-1447364009 , 978-1447363996
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


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