Administrative Leadership, Neo-Managerialism, and the Public Management Movement

Larry D. Terry
Public Administration Review
Vol. 58, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1998), pp. 194-200
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration
DOI: 10.2307/976559
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Administrative Leadership, Neo-Managerialism, and the Public Management Movement


In recent years, liberation and market-driven management have emerged as dominant approaches in the field of public management. It is argued that a new and more sophisticated form of managerialism described as "neo-managerialism" underpins these two approaches. It is also argued that neo-managerialism has a guiding influence on how champions of liberation and market-driven management conceptualize administrative leadership. Neo-managerialism fosters the idea that administrative leaders should assume the role of public entrepreneur. An argument is presented that public entrepreneurs of the neo-managerialist persuasion pose a threat to democratic governance.

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