Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 149

Article in Press

New Public Management Reforms and Global Convergence in Public Private Partnerships.


  •  Accepted: 15 January 2020
The introduction of New Public Management (NPM) reform toolkit over the past three decades ignited a global discourse on whether a convergence of NPM reform practices was occurring globally. Strong arguments have continued to evolve claiming that New Public Management (NPM) reforms are a global phenomenon. However, despite the existence of evidence supporting the adoption and convergence of these reform practices world over, some critiques are of the view that such convergence is partial. In the midst of this discourse, this paper contributes to the debate and the rich scholarly literature supporting the argument that NPM reforms have indeed been adopted and are being practised all over the world, and hence the claim that there is indeed a global convergence of NPM reforms is justified. In this paper, I argue that evidence exists of global convergence in the adoption and application of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as NPM policy reform practice. Evidently, PPPs are playing a significant role as a so-called “mega credit facility” in the procurement of public goods and services globally, hence their attractiveness to authorities across the world. Further, I find that divergence or differences only appear in the theories, the forms/types of PPPs and their mode of implementation.