Privatization and Public Management

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New public management

Process in which business principles and private sector management techniques are transferred into the public sector in correspondence with, and based on, a neoliberal understanding of the economy and the State (Drechsler 2005, p. 95).


Any action that transfers some or all of the ownership and/or control of state-owned enterprises to the private sector (Zahra et al. 2000, p. 511).

Public management

The merger of a normative orientation of traditional public administration and the instrumental orientation of general management (Perry and Kraemer 1983, p. x).


Since the late 1970s early 1980s, Western governments have made attempts to reform the organization and management of the public sector. They do so by adopting a business-like approach as promoted by reform...


Public Sector Service Quality Public Management Privatization Strategy Public Service Delivery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science and International RelationsAutonomous University MadridMadridSpain