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Reforming Public Service Provision: What have we learned?

Peter Birch Sørensen
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Peter Birch Sørensen: Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

No 2015-01, EPRU Working Paper Series from Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics

Abstract: The essay discusses some key features of the wawe of public sector reforms that has swept through the OECD area during the last three decades under the heading of New Public Management. I review what economic theory and the empirical evidence can say about the effects of introducing pay for performance, performance measurement and various forms of competition in the public sector. I also review some evidence on the growing bureaucratization of the public sector and discuss the drivers behind this trend. The final part of the essay draws some implications for the design of public sector reforms.

Keywords: : Public sector reform; New Public Management; Bureaucracy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H1 H4 H83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 84 pages
Date: 2015-02-04
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