Beyond NPM? Some Development Features

Authored by: Tom Christensen , Per Lægreid

The Ashgate Research Companion to New Public Management

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754678069
eBook ISBN: 9781315613321
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042372


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One of the insights gained from studying reforms in public organizations is that the political-administrative system is not – as is popularly believed – in a state of inertia, but actually in a state of flux. As internal and external preconditions and constraints change, so does the view of how to tackle problems, and of what the goals, solutions and consequences should or might be. In addition, reforms are producing countervailing reactions that are paving the way for new reforms. Light (1997) describes reforms in terms of tides that have ebbed and flowed over the decades as different reform philosophies have prevailed.

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