Are traditional boundaries between the public and private sectors now irrelevant?
- Are boundaries between the public and private sector still relevant?
- Ideology and 'pragmatism' in public services governance
Modern ideas about governance in the public sector reflects the fact that the traditional boundaries between the public and private sectors are now irrelevant'. According to Rhodes, the traditional and hierarchical central government is no longer relevant in a context of international and internal linkages which limit the autonomy of the state. The shift from national markets to a more 'unique' global market would exert pressure on the national governments. Even if the reality of such a coherent international pressure is not obvious, this vision that that the traditional boundaries between the public and private sectors is now commonly shared. A strong public sector would not be affordable anymore, and a limited welfare state could only be secured by the introduction of private actors and values to get more effectiveness. The main model which 'has to' be implemented is the New Public Management, which aims to reorganize the public sector in order to bring its management closer to business methods.