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Paradigm shift from New Public Administration to New Public Management: theory and practice in Africa

Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 7, No 2 | a240 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v7i2.240 | © 2011 Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 March 2016 | Published: 31 December 2011

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Shikha Vyas-Doorgapersad, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Abstract

The African continent is facing a number of administrative crises. The recent decline of public administration on the continent has forced some African countries to re-assess their governance systems. Their public service reforms are evidence of the emergence of New Public Management (NPM) for improved public sector administrative structures and operations. This article discusses the paradigm shifts from New Public Administration to New Public Management, as a means of meeting public administration challenges in Africa. At a contextual level, the paper examines the practical implementation by some African countries of NPM and the outcomes of NPM-led reform in these countries.

Keywords: Public Administration (PA); New Public Administration (NPA); New Public Management (NPM); Public Value Management (PVM); paradigm; paradigm shift; public service reforms; governance

Disciplines: Public Management; Political Science; Sociology; Economics


Keywords

Public Administration (PA); New Public Administration (NPA); New Public Management (NPM); Public Value Management (PVM); paradigm; paradigm shift; public service reforms; governance

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