Nothing New Under the Sun? Change and Continuity in the Twentieth-Century Performance Movements

  • Wouter Van Dooren
Part of the Governance and Public Management Series book series (GPM)


In a critical analysis, Radin (2006) argued that the concern for performance in the United States has become so ubiquitous that it has taken the form of a movement — the performance movement. It is characterized by a mindset of long-term and mid-term goal setting, indicators, and quantitative measurement. In this chapter, I argue that we have witnessed not one, but several performance movements that have attempted to measure government outputs or outcomes in the twentieth century.


Public Management Performance Movement Performance Information Cost Accounting Spatial Data Infrastructure 
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