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Managerial Reforms and Developmental State Capacity (Draft)



This paper seeks to analyse the impact that the policy transfer of a package of managerial reforms of the public sector, which has come to be known collectively as the New Public Management (NPM), has had upon enhancing the capacity of the so-called developmental state.There is considerable controversy as to the extent to which neoliberalism was the intellectual progenitor of the NPM, there is no doubt that the emergence and global spread of the latter coincided with the emergence of the former.