The Third Edition of this successful textbook introduces students to the major concepts, models, and approaches surrounding the public sector. Now fully updated to include coverage of the New Public Management (NPM), The Public Sector is the most comprehensive textbook on theories of public policy and public administration. The Public Sector is introduced within a three-part framework: public resource allocation, redistribution and regulation. Jan-Erik Lane explains the basic concepts of each of these broad areas, and goes on to examine their consequences for various approaches to the making and implementation of public policy. The book explores models of management, effectiveness and

New Public Management: The Basic Ideas

New public management: The basic ideas

New public management (NPM) offers a set of new ideas about how government can get its job done. We wish to speak about a ‘pure model’ of new public management, stating its abstract characteristics. Various countries are having different experiences, but what is the basic idea behind the reforms that are sweeping the world? NPM started in the UK with Premier Thatcher in the early 1980s and has since spread around the globe. We have witnessed major experiences in Australia and New Zealand. In the USA the term is never used, but the methods of NPM are applied as ‘reinventing’ government. NPM has also now spread to Third World countries.

New public management is a ...

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