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Overview

New Public Management is often seen as a global reform wave spreading around the world in the last two decades, emphasizing efficiency, managerialism, devolution and market orientation, thus making the public sector and civil service in different countries appear more similar. This book breaks new theoretical ground by developing and using a transformative perspective on the study of public reform which provides a valuable theoretically informed study. In addition, it uses empirically-based case studies which offer a comprehensive foundation and analytical rigor. Suitable for supplementary course readers in the fields of public administration/management, public policy and political science.
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Despite its proponents claims, the new international administrative orthodoxy called New Public Management is not sweeping the world, argue political scientists and related scholars from Scandinavia and Oceana, but changes are generated by local conditions and traditions. They examine the dynamics of comprehensive civil service reform in Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia over the past 15 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754632122
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii
Preface ix
1 Introduction 1
2 A Transformative Perspective on Administrative Reforms 13
The Transformation of Administrative Reforms--Npm ideas and Processes
3 National, International and Transnational Constructions of New Public Management 43
4 The Process of Reform in the Era of Public Sector Transformation 73
The Transformation of Administrative Systems--Effects of Npm
5 New Public Management--Undermining Political Control? 93
6 The Effects of Corporatisation on Political Control 121
7 Transforming Top Civil Servant Systems 145
8 Transforming State Employees' Unions 173
9 Policy Capacity and the Effects of New Public Management 209
10 Transforming Governmental Culture: A Sceptical View of New Public Management 231
The Transformation of Reform Theory and Democratic Ideas
11 Reform Theory Meets New Public Management 261
12 Transforming Politics: Towards New or Lesser Roles for Democratic Institutions? 289
13 Transforming Governance in the New Millennium 301
Bibliography 313
Subject Index 345
Name Index 349
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