The Neo-Weberian State paradigm in the water and sewage sector in Poland

  • Krzysztof Głuc Faculty of Public Economy and Administration Cracow University of Economics
Keywords: New Public Management, Neo-Weberian State, Public Governance, post-NPM paradigms, water and sewage sector

Abstract

Objectives: The main objective of this article is to investigate the current stage of the public management paradigm in the area of the water and sewage sector in Poland.

Research Design & Methods: A thorough examination of the current stage of research of the post-New Public Management concepts is followed by empirical analysis of public management paradigms present in the water and sewage sector in Poland. The research hypothesis focuses on a shift from the NPM model towards other paradigms closer to Neo-Weberian State or a hybrid. Analysis of statistical data is supported by additional arguments related to recent publications and legal changes in the sector.

Contribution/Value Added: This article is one of the first analyses of the applications of post-NPM paradigms in the water and sewage sector in Poland. A special emphasis is put on the discussion of NWS elements in the paradigm shift taking place in this sector.

Implications/Recommendations: The results of the research conducted prove that the NPM model is still in place in the water and sewage sector in Poland, but gradually, in particular as a result of recent changes to legislation and the introduction of more centralised procedures, the NPM model is being supplemented by new elements that are clearly of a NWS origin. While it is visible that these paradigms co-exist at this point, it is necessary to continue research and thorough observations of the sector to investigate the future development of public management in this area.

Author Biography

Krzysztof Głuc, Faculty of Public Economy and Administration Cracow University of Economics

ul. Rakowicka 27
31-510 Kraków

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Published
2019-03-25
How to Cite
Głuc, K. (2019). The Neo-Weberian State paradigm in the water and sewage sector in Poland. Public Governance / Zarządzanie Publiczne, ((46)4), 50-64. https://doi.org/10.15678/ZP.2018.46.4.04