The technology of so‐called new public management (NPM) in the UK encompasses a broad range of approaches to the reform of public services based loosely around notions of downsizing the State, cost‐cutting, marketisation, competition and emphasis on the reform of accounting within the Government. NPM has been utilised in the reform of the old public sector science and technology laboratories. This paper sets out the reasons why the provision of science and technology services may be a discrete area of public service, not necessarily amenable to NPM. It then charts the development of policy and practice in this area, using actual examples of agencification and privatisation. Finally it offers a tentative evaluation of the manifestations of NPM in this area concentrating on ownership, control and accountability; markets and customers; and financial costs and rewards.
Boden, R., Gummett, P., Cox, D. and Barker, K. (1998), "Men in white coats … men in grey suits: New public management and the funding of science and technology services to the UK Government", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 267-291. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513579810224509Download as .RIS
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