Beyond the new public management? Public services and the social investment state

Newman, Janet and McKee, Bob (2005). Beyond the new public management? Public services and the social investment state. Policy and Politics, 33(4) pp. 657–673.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557305774329181

Abstract

Recent years have seen the proliferation of political discourses around the Third Way, progressive governance, social investment and social inclusion. This article explores the implications for public management, drawing on documentary and interview data on the changing fortunes of the public library service, a service seemingly well positioned to take full advantage of these new policy discourses. The article concludes by tracing some of the key contradictions inherent in the idea of the social investment state, and the challenges these produce for public managers.

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