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Public management reforms and social cohesion in Europe: the view from the top

Andrews, Rhys ORCID:, Guarneros-Meza, Valeria and Downe, James ORCID: 2016. Public management reforms and social cohesion in Europe: the view from the top. Public Management Review 18 (4) , pp. 558-582. 10.1080/14719037.2015.1014399

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Drawing upon data from a survey of senior public managers in ten European countries, we examine the relationship between public management reforms and perceptions of social cohesion. We find a positive connection between reforms which treat service users as customers and government openness (outward-downward reforms), and managers’ perceptions of the civic culture and social solidarity within their countries. However, for reforms, such as privatization, with an outward-upward orientation, a negative association with social solidarity is observed. The theoretical and practical implications of our findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1471-9037
Funders: European Commission
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 5 January 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:30

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