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Public Governance Paradigms

Competing and Co-Existing

Jacob Torfing, Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Carsten Greve and Kurt K. Klausen

This enlightening book scrutinizes the shifting governance paradigms that inform public administration reforms. From the rise to supremacy of New Public Management to new the growing preference for alternatives, four world-renowned authors launch a powerful and systematic comparison of the competing and co-existing paradigms, explaining the core features of public bureaucracy and professional rule in the modern day.
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Chapter 8: New Public Governance

Jacob Torfing, Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Carsten Greve and Kurt K. Klausen


This chapter gives a thorough account of the new and emerging governance paradigm that in the literature is referred to as New Public Governance. The introduction explains the societal and political-administrative background for the rise of New Public Governance and discusses its similarities and differences vis-à-vis other governance paradigms. The next section discusses the sources of inspiration in theories of governance, network governance and collaborative innovation, identifies competing governance schools and tracks the empirical prevalence of New Public Governance. A discussion of the main governance ideas of New Public Governance and its aim to mobilize resources, enhance collaboration and stimulate innovation serves to place the paradigm in the public governance diamond. The chapter also considers the empirical results from governance, network and innovations research and discusses the advantages and drawbacks of New Public Governance as a paradigm for governing, organizing and leading public value production.

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