Public Management Reform Models: Flawed or the Future?

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The public management reforms of the 1980s in Anglophone countries revolutionalised thinking about the organisation of and relationships within the public sector. 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the radical New Zealand reforms. Public management models of that time have since been demonstrated to have fundamental weaknesses, and have been subject to extensive and repeated modifications, but the principles continue to be influential. Moreover, the InCiSE (International Civil Service Effectiveness) index (sponsored by the British Cabinet Office) has recently reported that four Anglophone countries (Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom) are ranked the most effective.

The panel seeks papers that address theoretical, conceptual and empirical questions about the viability and relevance of public management models over the long term.