This chapter uses the public service bargain perspective to analyze the contemporary theme of managerialism and demands for changing controls over public services. It shows what managerialism means for public service bargains and points to the demanding conditions of such a bargain, given the incentives to cheat that affect the various parties to this type of bargain. Given its vulnerability to cheating, the managerialist type of bargain seems likely to emerge and ‘stick’ only in some traditions and cultures.
Keywords: NPM; managerialism; agency; control; cheating; blame; homeostatic control; thermostat
Chapter. 7583 words.
Subjects: Comparative Politics
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