Performance Regimes Amidst Governance Complexity

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Forthcoming

La Follette School Working Paper No. 2009-017

31 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2009 Last revised: 18 Jun 2011

See all articles by Donald P. Moynihan

Donald P. Moynihan

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Sergio Fernandez

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Soonhee Kim

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Kelly M. LeRoux

University of Kansas - Department of Public Administration

Suzanne J. Piotrowski

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)

Bradley E. Wright

University of North Carolina - Charlotte - Department of Political Science

Kaifeng Yang

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: November 16, 2009

Abstract

Much of the appeal of performance measurement is explained by its image as a simple and value-neutral way to monitor and improve government. But contemporary governance is characterized by complexity. Few public officials have the luxury of directly providing relatively simple services, the context in which performance regimes work best. Instead, they must work in the context of a disarticulated state, with policy problems that cross national boundaries and demand a multi-actor response. At the same time, traditional democratic values must be honored. This article examines the tensions between performance regimes and the complexity of modern governance, identifying implications and questions for research and practice.

Keywords: Performance management, data use, leadership, government

JEL Classification: D23, D73, D83

Suggested Citation

Moynihan, Donald P. and Fernandez, Sergio and Kim, Soonhee and LeRoux, Kelly M. and Piotrowski, Suzanne J. and Wright, Bradley E. and Yang, Kaifeng, Performance Regimes Amidst Governance Complexity (November 16, 2009). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Forthcoming; La Follette School Working Paper No. 2009-017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507277 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1507277

Donald P. Moynihan (Contact Author)

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Sergio Fernandez

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

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Soonhee Kim

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

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Kelly M. LeRoux

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Suzanne J. Piotrowski

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Bradley E. Wright

University of North Carolina - Charlotte - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Kaifeng Yang

Florida State University - Askew School of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
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