Citizen perceptions of public management: Hybridisation and post-new public management in Japan and New Zealand

Shaun Goldfinch, Kiyoshi Yamamoto

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Abstract

An older body of research claims variously: a world-wide transformation from new public management (NPM) to new public governance or post new public management (post-NPM); a ‘layering’, where new management rhetoric and techniques are layered upon existing ones; or a ‘hybridisation’ synthesised from competing systems. More recent studies, particularly in central and Eastern Europe, suggest a nuanced and context-specific degree of transformation. Influenced by a growing research interest in citizen perceptions of public management, this study expands this more nuanced approach by surveying local government public management perceptions of 1,140 New Zealand and 3,100 Japanese citizen online survey respondents. Using principal component analysis, we show both New Zealand and Japan exhibit degrees of hybridisation of public management paradigms, with Japan exhibiting a higher degree of eclecticism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-94
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • hybridisation
  • Japan
  • new public management
  • New Zealand
  • post-NPM
  • public sector reform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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