NPM in Anglo-Saxon Countries

Authored by: John Halligan

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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This chapter examines the concept of New Public Management (NPM) as it emerged in Anglo-Saxon countries, and its life-cycle over the reform era from its origins in the 1980s through to the mixture of models in the 2000s as countries added to and subtracted from NPM features. After more than two decades of activity by the Anglo-Saxon countries – the early reformers – the products of that activity have become clearer: the more stark manifestations of NPM now have less prominence in practice. A more elusive matter is how to characterise NPM’s successor, and the ways in which NPM continues to exercise an influence.

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