As a result of the economic crisis started in 2007-2008 the public began to look longingly in the direction of the state. Pushed aside by the dominant model of the New Public Management and the critique of bureaucratic administration, it suddenly became a lifeline for failing banks and other financial institutions. The society and the growing group of researchers began to see the need to restore the power of the state. One of the most widely discussed proposals in recent years was developed by Christopher Pollitt and Geert Bouckaert concept of the Neo-Weberian State. The authors present the concept of combining the best elements of the New Public Management (e.g. the professionalization of public services and focus on goals rather than procedures) and the Max Weber's Bureaucratic Model (e.g. the role of the state as the main coordinator of solutions for new global problems). In this article the author analyzes the reasons for increase of expectations with respect to the state. At the same time the author presents the reforms carried out in selected countries that are consistent with the model of the Neo-Weberian State. This issue is particularly important in connection with the greatly limited resources at state’s disposal as a result of the neoliberal reforms and above all, globalized financial markets. So the question arises, whether the model proposed by Pollitt and Bouckaert is able to meet this challenge? How the states should be reformed in order to avoid copying the negative elements of the old models?
Marek Oramus, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
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