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Democracy and Public Management ReformBuilding the Republican State$
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Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261185

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199261180.001.0001

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Theoretical Approaches to New Public Management

Theoretical Approaches to New Public Management

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(p.247) 20 Theoretical Approaches to New Public Management
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Democracy and Public Management Reform
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Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199261180.003.0021

New public management–the new discipline that serves as an intellectual basis for public management reform–is far from constituting a unified intellectual field. New public management theoretical–ideological orientations vary also according to the different national realities that analysts face. We have, for instance, an Anglo-Saxon, a Continental European, and a Scandinavian tradition of approaching government and the state. It is possible to discern at least three orientations in the literature on managerial public administration, which I propose to the call ‘technical’, ‘economic’, and ‘political and sociological’ approaches. The political and sociological approach is the one that I adopt in this book. This approach founds inspiration rather in political theory and in the sociology of organizations than in rational choice theory.

Keywords:   economic approach, political and sociological approach, rational choice, technical approach, theoretical approaches, theory of organizations

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