Seasonal cycles in public management: Disaggregation and re-aggregation

Carole Talbot, Colin Talbot, Carole Johnson

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A central feature of New Public Management (NPM) was the disaggregation of organizations into smaller units. This article examines the ebbs and flows of organizational size in the UK public sector - from the rise of the 'small is beautiful' idea in the 1980s and 1990s to the current 'new big government'. This is not a simple cycle as the new big government differs in significant ways from the old - but there is clearly a cyclical element at play. Some proximate causes for the new wave of mergers given by policy-makers are explored. © 2007 CIPFA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


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