Trends in Public Administration after Hegemony of the New Public Management

  • Pedro Luiz Cavalcante Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada


The paper’s goal is to advance at understanding of the public management framework after decades of administrative reform under the New Public Management (NPM) hegemony. Based on a broad literature review, the paper maps trends in terms of principles and guidelines and indicates that post-NPM is a process of continuity rather than a disruption with the previous paradigm. The implementation processes of the management trends, as well as in the NPM, are presented in different ways, varying according to the context and institutional framework of each government. The article concludes that the most emblematic characteristic of the contemporary public administration is the prevalence of the governance phenomenon that, in different formats, encompasses most of the post-NPM principles and guidelines discussed in the literature. In this sense, the return of the State and the bureaucracy as protagonists is emphasized, however, far from the traditional hierarchical standard. The current role of the civil service focus on the direction of interdisciplinary skills, collaborative capacities, increasing accountability to society, as well as leadership with interactive components.

Biografia do Autor

Pedro Luiz Cavalcante, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada

Doutor em Ciência Política (UnB) com pós doutorado da School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) da Columbia University e Estágio de Doutorando (University of California - San Diego (UCSD). Mestre em Ciência Política pela UnB (2007); possui especialização em Administração Pública pela EBAPE/FGV e graduação em Ciência Política pela Universidade de Brasília (2001). Desde 2004 pertence à carreira de Especialista em Políticas Públicas e Gestão Governamental do MPOG. Atualmente é Coordenador de Estudos e Políticas de Estado e Democracia no Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada. 

Como Citar
Cavalcante, P. L. (2019). Trends in Public Administration after Hegemony of the New Public Management. Revista Do Serviço Público, 70(2), 195 - 218. Recuperado de