Postgraduate Module Descriptor

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

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics:

  • NPM: origins and introduction
  • NPM in non-Western countries
  • Regulation and delegation
  • Disaggregation and autonomy
  • Performance-based management
  • Accountability and hybridization
  • Contracting-out and for-profit policy implementation
  • Plenary discussion: is NPM dead?

Most sessions will integrate student presentations.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities186 x 3 hour seminars
Guided independent study82Reading, thinking and preparing for lectures and workshops
Guided independent study80Planning and completing written assignments
Guided independent study20Researching and devising group presentation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).