Smart Policy?

Tom Christensen

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Smart Policy?


The main topic of this article is ‘smart policy’. This is a term used by reform entrepreneurs supporting the instrumental-technical perspective on New Public Management (NPM) to describe its supposed improvement of effectiveness and efficiency. This article discusses whether ‘smart policy’ is a defendable position or not, and addresses several questions. It also tries to determine if and how NPM-related reforms have contributed to more efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector.

Keywords: smart policy; reform entrepreneurs; instrumental-technical perspective; New Public Management; NPM-related reforms

Article.  9675 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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