Seasonal Cycles in Public Management: Disaggregation and Re-Aggregation

Posted: 26 Jan 2007

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Colin Talbot

University of Nottingham - School of Sociology and Social Policy

Carole Johnson

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Abstract

A central feature of New Public Management (NPM) was the disaggregation of organizations into smaller units. This article examines the ebbs and flows of organizational size in the UK public sector - from the rise of the small is beautiful idea in the 1980s and 1990s to the current new big government. This is not a simple cycle as the new big government differs in significant ways from the old - but there is clearly a cyclical element at play. Some proximate causes for the new wave of mergers given by policy-makers are explored.

Suggested Citation

Talbot, Colin and Johnson, Carole, Seasonal Cycles in Public Management: Disaggregation and Re-Aggregation. Public Money & Management, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 53-60, February 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=959522 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9302.2007.00555.x

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Carole Johnson

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