CHAPTER 9

The new public management: a recipe for disaster?

CHRISTOPHER HOOD and MICHAEL JACKSON

 

The ‘new public management’ (NPM)

The term ‘new public management’ (NPM) denotes an administrative philosophy which came into the ascendancy in the 1980s. NPM dominated the public administration agenda in Australia, New Zealand and the UK (cf. Aucoin 1990; Hood 1990, 1991; Hood and Jackson 1991, 177–97), with variants in Canada and the USA (see Pollitt 1990). NPM's doctrines included the following:

A renewed emphasis on the separation of management or ‘delivery’ responsibility from policy or target-setting responsibilities. Within that, there was a renewed emphasis on ‘management mathematics’ (technical methods of investment appraisal and efficiency ...

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