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Performance Regimes Amidst Governance Complexity

Moynihan, Donald P / Fernandez, Sergio / Kim, Soonhee / LeRoux, Kelly M / Piotrowski, Suzanne J / Wright, Bradley E / Yang, Kaifeng

Abstract

Much of the appeal of performance measurement is explained by its image as a simple and value-neutral way to monitor and improve government. But contemporary governance is characterized by complexity. Few public officials have the luxury of directly providing relatively simple services, the context in which performance regimes work best. Instead, they must work in the context of a disarticulated state, with policy problems that cross national boundaries and demand a multi-actor response. At the same time, traditional democratic values must be honored. This article examines the tensions between performance regimes and the complexity of modern governance, identifying implications and questions for research and practice.

Issue Date
2011-01
Publisher
OXFORD UNIV PRESS
DOI
10.1093/jopart/muq059
Journal Title
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
Start Page
141
End Page
155
ISSN
1053-1858
Language
English
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