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

Lodge, Martin 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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0952-1895
Additional Information: © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 09:21
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33215/

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