The New Public Management: Improving Research and Policy Dialogue


"Barzelay provides a convincing and coherent interdisciplinary framework for public sector management policy, which helps bridge the practitioner-academic divide. Public officials involved in reform policy will benefit from this book."--Alex Matheson, Public Management Service, OECD, Paris

"Much of what passes for analysis of New Public Management, both among advocates and detractors, is biased and superficial. Michael Barzelay has made a serious attempt to move the debate forward by identifying standards for reasoning about public managment, and this book deserves to be read carefully by students and teachers of the subject."--Christopher Hood, Gladstone Professor of Government, Oxford University

"This is a smart, challenging, and important book. It provides us with a framework for studying public management, demonstrating that it is indeed a field of policy analysis like environmental policy or foreign policy. . . . Barzelay outlines the rules that should govern serious multidisciplinary discourse in the field, thereby laying the foundation for a truly international research community."--Fred Thompson, Editor, "International Public Management Journal"

"Barzelay is a pioneer in the kind of administrative reform that empowers civil servants while making them more accountable to the societies they serve. His new book . . . is a much needed intellectual contribution to a field where interdisciplinary thinking is essential."--Luiz Carlos Bresser Pereira, Fundacao Getuilio Vargas, Sao Paulo, and former Minister of Federal Administration and Reform, Brazil

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Berkeley, CA
Publication year:
  • 2001