Reforming Local Government Institutions and the New Public Management

Hellmut Wollmann and Kurt Thurmaier

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Reforming Local Government Institutions and the New Public Management


This article discusses the institutional local government reforms, particularly those inspired by the New Public Management (NPM), in an internationally comparative perspective. It discusses the functional and territorial structure of local governments, and analyses how local governments have evolved in response to NPM reforms and other pressures. The article identifies three dimensions of institutional change, including leadership, internal reorganization, and external reorganization, and analyzes how local governments have altered their external operations to respond to a market orientation.

Keywords: local government reforms; New Public Management; institutional change; leadership; internal reorganization; external reorganization; market orientation

Article.  13301 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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