Researching the new public management: The role of quantitative methods

George Boyne*

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    Most of the empirical work by public management researchers is based on qualitative methods. Academic effort has concentrated on case studies of, or commentaries on, government policies or management practices. By contrast, quantitative research has been rare. What are the reasons for the scarcity of quantitative studies, and for the lack of statistical tests of hypotheses concerning public management processes and outcomes? What is the potential contribution of quantitative methods to the development of this field, and what are the problems of realizing this potential? The aim of this chapter is to address these questions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Public Management
    Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Trends and Future Prospects
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)0203996364, 9781134544158
    ISBN (Print)0415243629, 9780415243629
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


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