Fragments in the Ruins

In a world where the human experience is increasingly overshadowed by diversity and danger and which is currently confronting the twin challenges of a global recession and pandemic, this book provides an insight into the fundamental idea of public value which represents the ‘humanisation’ of public policy and practice.

This edited volume brings together a unique set of experts from policy, commerce and academe who, in a series of case studies in the space, energy, tourism and higher education sectors, discuss how public value may be assessed, appreciated and articulated.

The book describes an approach to public value management for organisations working in complex networks. It focuses upon how they can appreciate their wider role and impact on society and accommodate diversity in new institutional structures.


About David Coats

David Coats is the director of WorkMatters Consulting. He has been a research fellow at the Smith Institute since 2010 and in 2014 he was appointed as a visiting professor at the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures, University of Leicester. From 2004–2010 he was associate director – policy at The Work Foundation. From 1999–2004 he was head of the Trades Union Congress’ economic and social affairs department, having first joined the TUC in 1989 as an employment law specialist. He has been a member of the Labour party for 36 years.