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Ethics and the New Managerialism

Author: H. GEORGE FREDERICKSON
Published in PAM, Vol. 4 No. 2

Consider some of the primary characteristics of the new public management:


First, sharply reduce governmental regulations and red tape;


Then mix this with privatizing and contracting-out many public functions thought heretofore to be primarily governmental;


Now reduce significantly the directly employed governmental workforce;


Do not train a cadre of government employees to be competent contract managers;


Now mix all of this with the widespread application of market logic and particularly the idea of institutional competition;


Finally, stir for a decade in a hot political and social environment.

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