New Public Management and New Professionalism across Nations and Contexts

Kevin T. Leicht, Tony Walter, Ivan Sainsaulieu, Scott Davies

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The professions in the West are undergoing unprecedented calls for greater accountability and efficiency in service delivery. This article links these changes to recent developments in institutional theory that emphasize shifting salience of technical over symbolic organizational environments. The analysis of the adaptations to these changes in French and British healthcare, Canadian education and US managerial consulting suggest that country-specific responses to neoliberal institutional pressures are highly path dependent. The article concludes by suggesting a research program for the future study of the cross-national responses of professional groups to neoliberal economic and political ideologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-605+612-613
JournalCurrent Sociology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Institutional theory
  • Neoliberalism
  • New professionalism
  • New public management
  • Postindustrial society
  • Professional accountability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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