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The Complex Roots of Deprofessionalization: A Case Study of New Public Management
Abstract: While it might appear to be self-evident that the trend
toward New Public Management (NPM) in the public administration systems of
many Western countries is an outgrowth of neo-liberalism, the case of
Swedish education suggests that policies can have widely different and
counterintuitive sources. Ideas on teaching and education from both the
left and right of the political spectrum paved the way for NPM in the
Swedish school system. Unless political actors on the left acknowledge the
shared responsibility for the rise of NPM it will not be possible to
rectify and amend the shortcomings of such arrangements in schools and
other public services.
Keywords: Christopher Hood; deprofessionalization; education; neo-liberalism; New Public Management; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: B24; H83; I20; (follow links to similar papers)
48 pages, October 9, 2015, Revised August 11, 2016
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