Governance innovations as social imaginaries: challenges of post-NPM

Elin Funck, Tom Karlsson

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The effects of NPM have been criticized for decades and we are now seeing how alternative, post-NPM, governance innovations emerge. What joins these innovations is the critique against NPM and the ambition to provide new ways of governing public organizations. From a critical stance, we engage in a discussion of governance innovations from the perspective of social imaginaries and analyse post-NPM from dystopian and utopian viewpoints. We argue that the main legitimacy for post-NPM lies in it demonizing NPM, whereas a more fruitful way forward would entail incorporating elements of NPM to create a holistic governance model for the future.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Management Review
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023 Nov 23

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Business Administration

Free keywords

  • NPM
  • post-NPM
  • magic concepts
  • social imaginaries
  • governance innovation


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