The genesis of this book was in an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) seminar series which examined the development and critique of the New Public Management paradigm. Many of the chapters are developments of presentations at these seminars. Our thanks are expressed to the ESRC for its support. The chapter by Sandra Dawson and Charlotte Dargie is a development of a paper of the same name which appeared in Public Management Review (previously Public Management) (1, 4): 459-482. The chapter by Christopher Pollitt is a development of a paper entitled 'Is the emperor in his underwear?', which appeared in Public Management Review (previously Public Management) (2, 2): 181-200. The chapter by Stephen P. Osborne and Kate McLaughlin is an abridged revision of the introductory essay of Critical Perspectives in Public Management (Volume 1) to be published by Routledge in 2002.
Finally, our thanks go to Francesca Lumkin and all her colleagues at Routledge for their support of this project.