The directions and tendencies of changes in modern public governance

Alvydas Raipa


Public sector organizations carry out their activities in a constantly, incrementally changing environment of global society. In modern society, public sector organizations have been encouraged to change their role from the provider of services to the monitoring of other organizations that actually deliver those services. This is particularly true of local authorities who are encouraged by central government to deliver services through the voluntary or private sector. The evolution of New Public Management into new public governance means that public sector managers are acquiring the role of monitoring and control over other kinds of organizations and developing skills in managing contracts. Such an arrangement is blurring the boundary between the public and other sectors, between policy and administration. A major feature of the reforms and changes in the public sector is that we can see an evolution from new public management to new public governance in the start of the twenty-first century.


public governance reforms; modernization; New Public Management; public governance

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"Public Policy and Administration" ISSN online 2029-2872 / ISSN print 1648-2603