Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM007M: The New Public Management: Principles, Practice and Prospects

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

To provide you with a clear understanding of the content of the New Public Management by exposing you to challenging theoretical approaches to NPM and their applicability to reform current public management issues;


To enable you to identify circumstances in which NPM approaches are productive as well as the areas where such techniques and approaches proved to be counterproductive;


To enable you to provide a critique of the NPM and to consider alternative approaches for public sector management; and


To enable you to compare the experience the leading countries including the UK, Australia, and New Zealand with the other experiences of application worldwide particularly in your own countries.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a clear understanding of the NPM as a mode of delivering public services;
2. apply the methods and models of the NPM in practical settings of problem-solving and organisational design;
3. understand the country or culture specific aspects of the NPM;
4. analyse the relationship between public and private management and appraise the dynamics of cross-fertilisation;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. appraise and critically evaluate government reports and public policy;
6. synthesise and comment critically on a corpus of academic literature;
7. link public administration concepts and theories to real world examples;
Personal and Key Skills8. demonstrate skills in time management, presentational effectiveness, team working and group leadership as a foundation for future career progression; and
9. reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses.