New development: Public service innovation

Lorraine Johnston, John Fenwick

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The authors reflect on their combined dialogues of public service innovation with local political leaders and combined authorities as a useful tool for policy-makers and practitioners in delivering a future fit-for-purpose public service. They consider this through a consideration of ‘How should we recruit and retain a public service fit for purpose and what will it look like?’ This thought-provoking question, initially posed in ‘Public Money & Management’ by Massey (Citation2023), highlights a fast-moving and unpredictable public service landscape which is under threat from persistent financial under-investment and exposed to alarming and complex 21st-century global social, economic, political and environmental challenges. This new development article contributes to ongoing academic and policy debates on the importance of public service innovation and recruitment to advance so-called ‘inclusive societies’ (OECD, Citation2015).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Money and Management
Early online date17 Jun 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jun 2024

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