- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Boxes
- List of Contributors
- Introductory Remarks
- Public Management: The Word, the Movement, the Science
- Public Management: A Concise History of the Field
- Bureaucracy in the Twenty-First Century
- Public and Private Management Compared
- Public Management, Democracy, and Politics
- Law and Public Administration
- Public Management as Ethics
- Public Accountability
- Economic Perspectives on Public Organizations
- Postmodern Public Administration
- Networks and Inter-Organizational Management: Challenging, Steering, Evaluation, and the Role of Public Actors in Public Management
- Whatever Happened to Public Administration?: Governance, Governance Everywhere
- Virtual Organizations
- The Theory of the Audit Explosion
- Public–Private Partnerships and Hybridity
- Decentralization: A Central Concept in Contemporary Public Management
- E-Government: A Challenge for Public Management
- Professionals in Public Service Organizations: Implications for Public Sector “Reforming”
- Rethinking Leadership in Public Organizations
- Organizational Cultures in the Public Services
- Performance Management
- Striving for Balance: Reforms in Human Resource Management
- Public Service Quality Improvement
- Budget and Accounting Reforms
- NGOS and Contracting
- Evaluation and Public Management
- International Public Management
- Management Consultancy
- Change and Continuity in the Continental Tradition of Public Management
- Author Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article aims to relate some of the core ideas of NPM (new public management) directly to their economic foundations by reviewing relevant theory and empirical evidence. This overview is limited in two ways. First, it focuses on the more strategic end of the NPM agenda and says little about important tactical issues, such as improving accounting procedures within agencies, more visionary leadership, or the potential of performance auditing. As far as present knowledge encompasses, economics offers little specific advice to public managers about these issues. The article focuses, therefore, on issues such as contracting-out and privatization that are believed to be informed by economics. Second, the focus is primarily normative, though managers' motivations cannot, and should not, be completely ignored. Some positive theory proponents believe that a primarily normative focus is largely a waste of time—that contracting-out decisions, for example, will be driven by bureaucratic self-interest, however complex that self-interest is to model.
Aidan R. Vining, CNABS Professor of Business and Government Relations, Faculty of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University.
David L. Weimer, Professor, LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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