Cutbacks as change management

The financial crisis forces public managers to implement cutbacks within their organization. In this new paper, to appear in PMR, Eduard Schmidt, Sandra Groenveld and I argue that adopting a change management perspective contributes to our understanding of cutback management by adding a focus on managerial behaviour regarding cutback-related organizational changes. Relying on change management literature, this paper develops a framework for the analysis of cutback management connecting the context, content, process, outcomes and leadership of cutback-related change.

Agenda-setting by the European Commission. Seeking public opinion?

In this article for JEPP, we used the codebook of the Comparative Agenda Setting Project to code the content of special Eurobarometers. We found a steep increase and a curvilinear pattern: public opinion is rarely invited in areas of exclusive European Union competencies and exclusive national competencies. Most special Eurobarometers focus on shared competencies. Citizens are almost never asked about expenditure programmes and never on immigration. Haverland, M., De Ruiter, M., & Van de Walle, S. (2016), Agenda setting by the Commission. Seeking public opinion? Journal of European Public Policy.

When public services fail

New book: Theory and practice of public sector reform

9781138887411Theory and Practice of Public Sector Reform offers readers differing theoretical perspectives to help examine the process of public sector reform, combined with an overview of major trends in the core areas of the functioning of the public sector. Essential for students of public sector reform, with contributions by Olsen, Hood, Bouckaert. Osborne, Klijn, Peters and many others, written as a liber amicorum for Walter Kickert,

25 years of NPM literature: Broader but not deeper

PSRIn this article in the Political Studies Review with Dion Curry, we use bibliometric analysis to track the breadth and depth of the concept of New Public Management as it has developed in the 25 years since the coining of the term, in order to provide a deeper understanding of how academics have engaged with the subject. It looks at the breadth of the literature in terms of whether it has spread to new journals or academic disciplines and depth in terms of whether articles on New Public Management engage with new research on the subject. It is shown that the breadth of the literature has increased, but there has been no significant deepening. Download here: A bibliometrics approach to understanding conceptual breadth, depth and development: The case of New Public Management. Political Studies Review.