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Toward a new era of administrative reform? The myth of post-NPM in New Zealand

Lodge, Martin ORCID: 0000-0002-4273-6118 and Gill, Derek (2010) Toward a new era of administrative reform? The myth of post-NPM in New Zealand. Governance, 24 (1). pp. 141-166. ISSN 0952-1895

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0491.2010.01508.x


This article explores the supposed shift from New Public Management (NPM) to a new era of “post-NPM” by looking at one critical case, New Zealand. It finds limited evidence of such a shift, suggesting that the wider literature needs to move to a more careful methodological treatment of empirical patterns. To contribute to such a move, this article applies a three-pronged approach to the study of changing doctrines in executive government. After setting out the broad contours of what NPM and post-NPM supposedly constitute, the article proceeds to a documentary analysis of State Services Commission doctrines; this is followed by an analysis of “Public Service Bargains” based on elite interviews and finally a case-study approach of the Crown Entities Act 2004. Far from a new era of administrative reform, the “messy” patterns that emerge suggest a continuation of traditional understandings and ad hoc and politically driven adjustments, leading to diversification.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors. Governance published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Divisions: Government
Centre for Analysis of Risk & Regulation
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 09:21
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:27

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