Evaluating Administrative Modernization in German Local Governments: Success or Failure of the “New Steering Model”?
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2008
© 2008 The American Society for Public Administration
Public Administration Review
Volume 68, Issue 5, pages 851–863, September|October 2008
How to Cite
Kuhlmann, S., Bogumil, J. and Grohs, S. (2008), Evaluating Administrative Modernization in German Local Governments: Success or Failure of the “New Steering Model”?. Public Administration Review, 68: 851–863. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2008.00927.x
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2008
This article evaluates the results and impacts of administrative modernization in Germany after more than 10 years of New Public Management experience, concentrating on the most advanced level of public sector reform: local authorities. Drawing on a broad empirical basis, the authors pursue the following questions: Do “Weber- ian” administrative structures and processes continue to characterize the German public sector, or have the reforms left behind lasting traces of a managerial administration? Are local authorities performing better today, and if so, can this be attributed to the New Public Management modernization? The presented results show that no paradigm shift from the “Weberian” bureaucracy to New Public Management has occurred so far. Performance improvements notwithstanding, the new mix of steering instruments causes numerous unintended consequences, causing “Weberian” administration to reemerge.