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The New Architecture of State Government Administration: Key Questions and Preliminary Answers

PAQ, Vol. 33 No. 2, (2009)

This article examines the changing architecture of state government administration in recent decades. The administrative reform doctrine of the New Public Management called for increasing a focus on results and giving managers greater authority. State governments actively created performance information systems, but were less diligent in providing greater managerial authority, or in tying that authority to performance improvement. This constrained model may be giving way to a market model under which there is a potential for greater performance, but also for politicization, opportunism and crowding out of intrinsic motivations.

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