Public Policy and Administration, Old and New

B. Guy Peters and Vincent Wright

in A New Handbook of Political Science

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294719
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599361 | DOI:
 Public Policy and Administration, Old and New

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Public administration research and theory has undergone a fundamental change, unlike any other area in political science. Six fundamental assumptions of public administration have been challenged during this transformation: the assumptions of bureaucratic self‐sufficiency, direct control, uniformity, accountability, standardization of procedure, and an apolitical service. These assumptions have been challenged as ‘new managerialism’, ‘new patrimonalism’, and ‘new fragmentation’ have superseded thinking about public administration.

Keywords: accountability; bureaucratic behaviour; bureaucratic control; fragmentation; managerialism; patrimonialism; public administration; public management

Chapter.  5519 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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