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The New Public Management in Action$
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Ewan Ferlie, Lynn Ashburner, Louise Fitzgerald, and Andrew Pettigrew

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289029

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289029.001.0001

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Professionals and the New Public Management

Professionals and the New Public Management

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This chapter introduces the concept of professionalism through a functionalist viewpoint, an interactionist viewpoint, and through a theory of closure, while distinguishing a professional from a profession. It mainly addresses the following interrelated themes to further examine the modifications in the roles of professions and professionals in the changing public sector: relating the impact of competition and quasi-markets on both the professions and on the professionals; analysing how the management processes within organizations are being modified while presenting the impact of increased managerialism on the professions; and exploring the role of, development processes of, and issues raised for professional managers and their colleagues.

Keywords:   professionalism, competition quasi-markets, professions, professionals, managerialism, management process, roles of professions

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