Australia: a Continuing Love Affair with the New Public Management

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Governance and Regulation in the Third Sector: International Perspectives, 2011, 1, pp. 238 - 259
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The purpose of this book is to explore the implications for nonprofit organizations of the transition from New Public Management.(NPM) to more collaborative forms of relational or distributed governance. The case of Australia, which is examined in this chapter, does not provide strong evidence for such a transition. It also shows the difficulty of generalizing about relations between governments and the third sector. During the 1980s Australian governments- both state and national, Labor and Liberal- gradually embraced the set of beliefs and practices that came to be known as NPM. This embrace was not without its critics, but it had powerful supporters and transformed the role of government and the practice of governing. It also had direct implications for the third sector.
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