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Public Administration and the New Public Management: A Case Study of Budgetary Reform in the United Kingdom

PAM, Vol. 9 No. 4, (2004)

The 1990s have been associated with a reform movement in public administration
known as New Public Management. At the core of this movement have been changes in
governmental budgetary processes. Old budgetary systems have been re-constructed and
new systems adopted in order to fulfill governments’ goals of process efficiency and
enhancing the value of its services. While budgetary reform in the United States has been
paced, that in the United Kingdom has been radical. Through periodic spending reviews, a
change in accounting system and a new way of measuring performance, the Government of
the United Kingdom has moved closer towards its objective of enhancing fiscal

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