Public Sector Reforms: New Public Management without Marketization? The Danish Case

Karl Löfgren, John Storm Pedersen

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Is it possible to imagine New Public Management without marketization? In Denmark the present liberal-conservative Government has, throughout its 10 years in power, designed and implemented more than 15 major management reforms in the public sector. Although most of the reforms are rhetorically firmly rooted in neo-liberal ideologies they have, in practice, promoted tools and mechanisms of the “traditional,” or Old, Public Management. Based on an empirical study of the reforms, we suggest that the notion of “pragmatic” New Public Management is introduced to enhance the current understanding of New Public Management in the Western industrialized societies.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Public Administration
Udgave nummer7
Sider (fra-til)435-477
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 23 maj 2012

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