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Movement and change in the public sector: bringing social movements into the analysis
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2350-2623
University of New England.
2006 (English)In: Public Management Review, ISSN 1471-9037, E-ISSN 1471-9045, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 433-448Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay seeks to develop a theoretical framework for public-sector managerial change that draws on social movement theory, an approach located within the domain of political sociology. The essay opens with a brief examination of the literature on the New Public Management and governance which, it is argued, draws on a neo-liberal agenda, displays a tendency to de-centre or marginalize considerations of democracy and politics and offers abstract, top – down, descriptions of change. Approaches to social movement theory are considered, with particular attention paid to two dominant schools: the political process approach and new social movement theory which account for ‘how’ and ‘why’ change occurs. By operating through grass-roots networks, and offering symbolic challenges to the dominant neo-liberal order, social movements help us to see more clearly the limitations of conventional wisdom on public-sector managerial change, and consider resistances, accommodations and messy compromises. The essay seeks to use such insights to re-conceptualize public-sector managerial change.

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2006. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 433-448
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Gender and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6273Local ID: 47b50cd0-e810-11db-b9a9-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-6273DiVA, id: diva2:979150
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Validerad; 2006; 20060927 (kirhon)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved

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