Building the New Managerialist State
Consultants and the Politics of Public Sector Reform in Comparative Perspective
By (author) Denis Saint-Martin
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Building the New Managerialist State by Denis Saint-Martin
Book DescriptionIn the 1980s and 1990s the world of governance witnessed a far-reaching change from the Weberian model of bureaucracy to the 'new managerialism'-a term used to describe the group of ideas imported from business and mainly brought into government by management consultants. Over the past fifteen years, the British, French, and Canadian governments have spent growing sums of money on consulting services and, as a result, policy-makers inside the state have increasingly been exposed to the business management ideas that consultants bring into the public sector. Nevertheless, there are major differences in the extent to which reformers in the three countries embraced these ideas in the process of bureaucratic reform. Accordingly, this is a book about policy change and variation. It seeks to explain why the changes produced by the new managerialism have been more radical in some countries than in others. Building the New Managerialist State shows that the reception given by states to managerialist ideas depends on the openness of policy-making institutions to outside expert knowledge and on the organization, development, and social recognition of management consultancy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199269068
(234mm x 157mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Since the mid-1980s, the world of governance has witnessed a transition from the Weberian model of bureaucracy to the "new managerialism". This text examines the differences in the extent to which France, Canada and Britain have embraced these ideas in the process of bureaucratic reform.
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Author Biography - Denis Saint-Martin
Denis Saint-Martin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University, Montreal. Previous positions include Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa (1998-9), and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University (1996-8).
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