Competing and Co-Existing
This chapter presents the concept of the Neo-Weberian State, which is a concept that was first introduced by Pollitt and Bouckaert in their book on comparative public management reform. The Neo-Weberian State opens up for a return to more responsibility of the state and highlights the role played by civil servants in making reform work. At the same time, the Neo-Weberian State emphasizes the need for efficient and timely service to citizens. The Neo-Weberian State therefore does not totally dismiss performance management, but underlines that performance management should be carried out in a responsible manner. The chapter places the Neo-Weberian State in the public governance diamond and discusses if the Neo-Weberian State draws on too many sources for inspiration to become a fully coherent public governance paradigm, but the chapter also recognizes the concept’s focus on a return to the role of the state after years of fragmentation through another public governance paradigm, NPM.
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