New Public Management and Governance: A Comparison

Erik Hans Klijn*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article analyses the connection between governance and New Public Management (NPM). It explains that NPM originated in the 1980s where governments tried to provide service delivery and public policy through a wide range of private and non-profit actors. The article argues that although governance and NPM originated from two different sets of concerns, and theoretically are quite different, both perspectives have incorporated each other's ideas. The governance literature has embraced the ideas of performance indicators, while NPM literature has adopted more horizontal steering mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Governance
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191749483
ISBN (Print)9780199560530
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2012

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