From Policy to Practice: Operationalising NPM

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


Policy design does not tell the whole story of the reform programme. Its implementation and how it may differ from the original set of measures have to be integrated into the picture. As can be expected from the implementation of such a broad and ambitious administrative reform programme, outcomes from the White Paper did not always match expectations and led to some unanticipated consequences which illustrate the difficulty of operationalising NPM. In this chapter, the focus is on implementation in order to go beyond the rhetoric and evaluate how many of the NPM ideas were actually used in practice at a macro-level.


European Commission White Paper Financial Regulation Internal Audit Core Task 
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© Emmanuelle Schön-Quinlivan 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity College CorkRepublic of Ireland

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