Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Book reviews: Skepticism about NPM, and doubts about discipline

Ashgate NPMIn the current issue of Governance, Christopher Hood reviews The Ashgate Research Companion to New Public Management, edited by Tom Christensen and Per Laegreid.  “Readers of this book,” says Hood, “will be struck by the paradox that what was often presented as a common sense, pragmatic, what-matters-is-what-works approach to public management emerges as heavily ideological and evidence-free in practice.”  Read the review.

And Richard Allen reviews The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government by Alasdair Roberts.  Roberts sets out a “controversial thesis” about the shift of power to technocrats during the era of economic liberalization, Allen says.  But Roberts’ argument may overstate the problems associated with these attempts to constrain democratic processes.  Read the review.

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November 29, 2011 at 1:35 am

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