The Return of New Public Management?

19 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2011  

Paul Haynes

University of London, Royal Holloway; Cambridge University

Date Written: September 30, 2011


New Public Management emerged in the 1980s and was perceived to be a solution many of the problems that had traditionally beset public administration. It emerged within the context of an ideological shift in the role of, amongst other things, public service provision, the welfare state, employment, new technology and in the role of governments and markets in the provision and management of services. In the early 2000s, the concept seemed to have been replaced by a reemphasis on new ways of stakeholder engagement in the governance process. Since the financial crisis of the late 2000s, many of the central themes of NPM have returned to the political agenda, though in a new guise and reframed in terms of the inclusiveness and empowerment qualities of the third sector rather than the efficiency of the private sector. This paper will reconsider the life cycle of NPM and examine the way the concept can be said to be returning to the public administration agenda.

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Haynes, Paul, The Return of New Public Management? (September 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Paul Haynes (Contact Author)

University of London, Royal Holloway ( email )

Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, TW200EX

Cambridge University ( email )

19 Silver Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9EP
United Kingdom

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