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dc.contributor.authorKane, John
dc.contributor.authorPatapan, Haig
dc.contributor.editorRichard J. Stillman, II editor in chief
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:47:43Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:47:43Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.date.modified2009-11-05T06:03:20Z
dc.identifier.issn0033-3352
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1540-6210.2006.00636.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/13931
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that the concept of prudence can provide valuable insights into the problems of the New Public Management. Prudence, or practical wisdom, is the ability to make sound decisions under complex, ever-changeable conditions. Old-style bureaucracy severely limited the discretion of most administrators but preserved a site of true prudential judgment at the peak where discreet "mandarins" policed the boundary between politics and administration. The reforms that inaugurated New Public Management dismantled this site of prudence while simultaneously attempting, in effect, to disperse prudential judgment and action throughout the service. Though raising the problem of prudence, these reforms misconceived it as the problem of how to balance new freedoms with new controls to prevent abuse or folly. This essay argues that the introduction of market mechanisms, risk-management and cost-benefit techniques, ethics training, performance accountability, and calls to leadership were destined to fail because they misapprehended the problem of prudence.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0033-3352&site=1
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom711
dc.relation.ispartofpageto724
dc.relation.ispartofissue5
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPublic Administration Review
dc.relation.ispartofvolume66
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administration
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolitical Science
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1605
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1606
dc.titleIn Search of Prudence: The Hidden Problem of Managerial Reform
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, School of Government and International Relations
gro.date.issued2006
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorPatapan, Haig
gro.griffith.authorKane, John


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