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A New Handbook of Political Science$
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Robert E. Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294719.001.0001

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Public Policy and Administration, Old and New

Public Policy and Administration, Old and New

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(p.628) Chapter 27 Public Policy and Administration, Old and New
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A New Handbook of Political Science
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B. Guy Peters (Contributor Webpage)

Vincent Wright

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294719.003.0027

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 These assumptions have been challenged as ‘new managerialism’, ‘new patrimonalism’, and ‘new fragmentation’ have superseded thinking about public administration.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

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