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Chapter 2 Post-NPM Reforms: Whole of Government Approaches as a New Trend

New Steering Concepts in Public Management

ISBN: 978-1-78052-110-7, eISBN: 978-1-78052-111-4

Publication date: 24 October 2011


One of the insights gained from studying reforms in public organisations is that the political-administrative system is in a state of flux. Views of how to tackle problems and what the goals, solutions and consequences should be are changing when preconditions and constraints are changing. One important observation is that there is a mismatch between the way the public administration is organised in contemporary democracies and the wicked issues that the public sector organisations are set to handle. Big problems and tasks are seldom following organisational borders but are cutting across administrative levels, sectors and units, creating a lot of challenges for political and administrative leaders. Thus, there is a need for new steering mechanisms focusing on broad social outcomes to handle this challenge.


Christensen, T. and Lægreid, P. (2011), "Chapter 2 Post-NPM Reforms: Whole of Government Approaches as a New Trend", Groeneveld, S. and Van De Walle, S. (Ed.) New Steering Concepts in Public Management (Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 11-24.



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