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New Public Management Reforms in German Police Services

Author: ROLF RITSERT and MIRJAM PEKAR
Published in GPS, Vol. 5 No. 2

During the last fifteen years NPM reforms affected Germany’s federal and
state polices facilitated by socio-economic forces and upcoming international
new public management ideas in particular. Systematising the NPMprocess
we distinct a pioneer phase (1995-1999), a modification phase
(1999-2002), and an integration phase (2002-2005). NPM reforms did not
constitute a holistic model for police administration and could there-fore not
completely replace the traditional bureaucratic model. In contrast there have
been considerable adoptions of “NPM-tool-kit” in a pragmatic way. NPMconcepts
become only partially institutionalized leading to a hybrid type of
traditional administrative organisational structure and culture with sedimentations
of certain NPM elements.

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