Persistent Public Management Reform: an egregore of Liberal Authoritarianism?
Public Money and Management
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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This paper explores how we may better understand public administration and public sector management reform. We often interpret our world through stories and this allows us to mentally map where we have been and where we are going to. The paper explores developments in understanding public awareness and that of policy makers and its impact on policy. It uses the financial crisis and reforms implemented ten years on to illustrate the points and explore the use of the term egregore as a tool for understanding change. A mature free economy requires a strong state to balance deregulation for economic growth with regulation for the public good, necessitating improved policy capacity and good governance. It also needs public administrations staffed with competent, honest officials skilled in the art of statehood. The story of the financial crisis and how we got there conveys how to avoid future dangers.
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Published online 13 March 2018
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