How NPM made Westminster blunder-prone
The Westminster model of governance created a “symbiotic partnership” between the ministers responsible for government departments and the career civil servants who ran them, David Richards and Martin J. Smith argue in the current issue ofGovernance. But the advent of New Public Management changed that, introducing new pathologies into British government. “The most crucial pathology,” they say, “is that the deliberative space afforded for critical engagement over public policy has been diminished.” The result? A government that is more vulnerable to serious blunders. Read the article. The article is part of a special issue on the future of the Westminster model.