The New Public Management in Europe: Adaptation and Alternatives

The New Public Management in Europe: Adaptation and Alternatives


Edited by Christopher Pollitt, Edited by Sandra Van Thiel, Edited by V.M.F. Homburg

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 216mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 6 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230006930
  • ISBN 13: 9780230006935

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This new text provides an empirical account of the phenomenon known as 'New Public Management' (NPM). Originating in the Anglo-American world, the NPM seems to have swept over various Continental-European countries, producing convergence of administrative reform in various contexts. Specific implementations of NPM, however, show a surprisingly large variety of forms, shapes and results. These include performance indicators, personnel reforms, the creation and management of executive agencies, public private partnerships, benchmarking and evaluations of the reforms themselves. This volume demonstrates how NPM, being a highly ambiguous concept, is crafted and shaped differently in various institutional contexts. It analyses the application of NPM (and ways in which NPM reforms are interpreted and implemented) in a variety of administrative regimes throughout Europe. It is therefore a must-read for students, scholars and practioners who are studying and reflecting on the actual implementation of reform.

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CHRISTOPHER POLLIT is Professor of Public Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands SANDRA VAN THIEL is Assistant Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands VINCENT HOMBERG is Assistant Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Table of contents

Introduction; V.Homburg; C.Pollit & S.V.Thiel Convergence or divergence: what has been happening in Europe? C.Pollit Public management reforms in countries with a Napoleonic state model: France, Italy and Spain; W.Kickert The management and control of executive agencies: an Anglo-Dutch comparison; S.V.Thiel & C.Pollit Public Private Partnership: a two headed reform. A comparison of PPP in England and The Netherlands; E.H.Klijn; J.Edelenbos & M.Hughes New Public Managers in Europe: changes and trends; S.V.Thiel; B.Steijn & M.Allix International benchmarking of public organizations: a critical approach; J.Hakvoort & H.Klaassen Will ICTs finally reinvent government? V.Homburg& I.Snellen Hospital performance indicators: how and why neighbours facing similar problems go different ways; C.Pollitt Public management and evaluation; F.B.V.D.Meer Implementing NPM: a complexity perspective on public management reform trajectories; G.Teisman& A.V.Buuren Conclusions; S.V.Thiel; C.Pollitt & V.Homburg