New public management

A strategy for democratic police reform in transitioning and developing countries

Garth den Heyer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of new public management (NPM) as a major strategy for democratic police reform in transitioning, developing and post-conflict nations. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reviews the literature and history of the use of NPM in the public sector and policing in Western nations and considers its use in programs of police reform. Findings: The review identifies that NPM can be used as a strategy in police reform and is able to be used in conjunction with policing approaches such as community-oriented policing. However, the adoption of NPM must be culturally specific and implemented within local capability constraints. Practical implications: Police reform, transparency and accountability are an important concern for all post-conflict and transitioning police agencies; therefore, the findings of this research are useful for implementation or planning of police reform and restructuring programs. Originality/value: With its focus on police management accountability in post-conflict or transitioning nations, this article expands research on strategies of democratic police reform and capacity development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-433
Number of pages15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • New public management
  • Police reform
  • Policing
  • Public administration

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