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Emergence of contradictory injunctions in Swiss NPM projects

Yves Emery (IDHEAP, Lausanne, Switzerland)
David Giauque (IDHEAP, Lausanne, Switzerland)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 November 2003



This article examines staff participation and involvement in Swiss public organisations that are undergoing major administrative change. Officially, the new public management reforms have the following objectives: more organisational autonomy; increased organisational flexibility and adaptability; more responsiveness; and greater productive capacity. All these objectives are intended to be attained, in part, by increasing staff participation and involvement. After evaluating some of the new public management projects the paper identifies a number of obstacles which are preventing the achievement of government objectives. The paper concludes that the reforms are producing contradictory expectations that may be undermining the achievement of the government reforms.



Emery, Y. and Giauque, D. (2003), "Emergence of contradictory injunctions in Swiss NPM projects", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 16 No. 6, pp. 468-481.




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