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From New Public Management to Public Risk Management: An overview of Italian municipalities

Monia Castellini, Caterina Ferrario and Vincenzo Riso

No 20210310, Working Papers from University of Ferrara, Department of Economics

Abstract: Since the early 1990s, New Public Management has influenced the management of organizations in the public sector that have implemented managerial behaviors increasingly similar to those of the private sector. More recently there have been claims that also Risk management should be implemented in the public sector. In light of the above, this research aims to understand if and how Italian municipalities perform risk management practices. The analysis focuses on a sample of 502 large municipalities (in terms of population) distributed in all Italian regions and develops a quali-quantitative approach – departing from a qualitative content analysis based on documents published in the municipalities official websites. The main results are that a significant percentage of municipalities are performing risk management and that in this they display a significant isomorphic behavior.

Keywords: new public management; risk management; qualitative content analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H83 M00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2021-04-27
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