Whatever Happened to New Public Management?

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Whatever Happened to New Public Management?

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Title: Whatever Happened to New Public Management?
Author: Greve, Crasten
Abstract: This paper aims to take stock of the concept of New Public Management (NPM) to see what has happened with the concept, and to consider recent concepts and ideas that challenge NPM. The reason is that there is still much talk about NPM, although many now seem to think that we have gone “beyond” NPM or are in a “post-NPM” public management situation. The second part of the paper will deal with self-styled conceptual alternatives to NPM. These began to appear in the last decade. With “self-styled” I mean that they explicitly present themselves as alternatives to NPM and address the shortcomings in NPM to promote other conceptualizations. Combined, these alternatives approach a coherent research agenda. To be able to discuss these matters, the argument is presented through a theoretical approach that views public management reform as institutional change. This approach is now common in public management reform studies (Pollitt & Bouckaert 2004; Christensen & Lægreid, 2001, 2007, 2011), Knill (1999) and Barzelay (2001) and colleagues (Barzelay & Gallego 2010). The analytical framework comes from theories of public policymaking and theories of historical institutionalism in political science.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8548
Date: 2012-10-24
Notes: This paper was written as a part of the SONIC (Sources of National Institutional Competiveness) research project at Copenhagen Business School’s International Center for Business and Politics To be presented at the Danish Political Science Association meeting 4-5 November 2010, Panel on “New Public Management”

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