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Building the New Managerialist State: Consultants and the Politics of Public Sector Reform in Comparative Perspective

Denis Saint-Martin


In the 1980s and 1990s the governance witnessed a shift from the Weberian model of bureaucracy to the ‘new managerialism’ — a term used to describe the group of ideas imported from business and mainly brought into government by management consultants. Over the past fifteen years, the British, French, and Canadian governments have spent growing sums of money on consulting services, thus, policy makers inside the state have increasingly been exposed to the business management ideas that consultants bring into the public sector. There are major differences in the extent to which reformers in thes ... More

Keywords: governance, Weberian model, new managerialism, management consultants, consulting services, business management, bureaucratic reform, managerialist ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis Saint-Martin, author
Universite de Montreal