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Elite discourse and institutional innovation: making the hybrid happen in English public services

Reed, Mike ORCID: and Wallace, Mike ORCID: 2015. Elite discourse and institutional innovation: making the hybrid happen in English public services. Research in the Sociology of Organizations 43 , pp. 269-302. 10.1108/S0733-558X20150000043022

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This paper focuses on the strategic role of elites in managing institutional and organizational change within English public services, framed by the wider ideological and political context of neo-liberalism and its pervasive impact on the social and economic order over recent decades. It also highlights the unintended consequences of this elite-driven programme of institutional reform as realized in the emergence of hybridized regimes of ‘polyarchic governance’ and the innovative discursive and organizational technologies on which they depend. Within the latter, ‘leaderism’ is identified as a hegemonic ‘discursive imaginary’ that has the potential to connect selected marketization and market control elements of new public management (NPM), network governance, and visionary and shared leadership practices that ‘make the hybrid happen’ in public services reform.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0733-558X
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 24 October 2014
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 14:27

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