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The Politics of Public Service BargainsReward, Competency, Loyalty - and Blame$
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Christopher Hood and Martin Lodge

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019926967X.001.0001

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Public Service Managerialism and Public Service Bargains: Control, Blame Avoidance, and Cheating

Public Service Managerialism and Public Service Bargains: Control, Blame Avoidance, and Cheating

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(p.171) 9 Public Service Managerialism and Public Service Bargains: Control, Blame Avoidance, and Cheating
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The Politics of Public Service Bargains
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Christopher Hood (Contributor Webpage)

Martin Lodge (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019926967X.003.0009

This chapter uses the public service bargain perspective to analyze the contemporary theme of managerialism and demands for changing controls over public services. It shows what managerialism means for public service bargains and points to the demanding conditions of such a bargain, given the incentives to cheat that affect the various parties to this type of bargain. Given its vulnerability to cheating, the managerialist type of bargain seems likely to emerge and ‘stick’ only in some traditions and cultures.

Keywords:   NPM, managerialism, agency, control, cheating, blame, homeostatic control, thermostat

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