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NPM Falters in Fiji

Appana, Subhash and Naidu, Vijay and Sharma, Karishma and Prasad, Reema (2021) NPM Falters in Fiji. In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer Nature, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-319-31816-5

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New Public Management (NPM) has virtually replaced traditional public administration as the model for the delivery of public value since 1979 and 1980 when the UK and US adopted a radically different approach to management in the public sector. NPM assumes that the market is preferable to government as a coordinator of social relations and public service delivery. This reliance on the market as an automatic “adjuster” raises a number of issues in the use of NPM in traditional settings. NPM also has a number of inherent contradictions and weaknesses. This paper analyses critically some of the common features of the NPM “model” and questions its suitability especially in traditional contexts like Fiji. It concludes that the gaps in prescribing the means to achieving its well-articulated and accepted ends, coupled with its contextual assumptions, renders NPM a model of questionable appropriateness for public enterprise restructuring.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Management and Public Administration
Depositing User: Subhash Appana
Date Deposited: 26 May 2023 03:35
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2023 23:04

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