Comparing Public Managers

  • John Barlow
  • David Farnham
  • Sylvia Horton
  • F. F. Ridley


Recent study of public administration has been dominated by the emergence of ‘the new public management’ (NPM). Yet whilst the NPM phenomenon is being discussed, analysed and evaluated across Europe and countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, 1990, 1992, 1993), relatively little is known about the people actually handling the transition from classical public administration to NPM — ‘the new public managers’. Even in Britain, where NPM is most firmly rooted, an impressionistic survey of 20 or so leading texts on public administration or public management reveals numerous references to NPM and managerialism but only one to the ‘new public manager’ (Farnham and Horton, 1993, pp. 111–12).


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© David Farnham, Syvia Horton, John Barlow and Annie Handeghem 1996

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  • John Barlow
  • David Farnham
  • Sylvia Horton
  • F. F. Ridley

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