The New Public Management: Administrative Reform in Iran

9 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2020

Date Written: February 8, 2020


New Public Management (NPM) has become one of the dominant paradigms for public management across the world. This paper proceeds by defining NPM and giving an insight on the context within which it emerged. The paper goes on to explore essential characteristics of NPM. Thereafter, it recommends administrative reforms that need to be adopted to strengthen public administration (PA) in Iran as a case study and the challenges in implementing them. It concludes with a summary of key issues and suggestions posed in the discussion.

Keywords: New Public Management (NPM), Public Administration (PA), and Administrative Reform

JEL Classification: D73, G38, H83

Suggested Citation

Siami-Namini, Sima, The New Public Management: Administrative Reform in Iran (February 8, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Sima Siami-Namini (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University ( email )

Box 42132
Lubbock, TX 79409-2132
United States

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