Via mlq3, New Public Management (NPM) principles as written about by Willy Prilles, and Governing by Numbers via Citistat as explained by Urbano de la Cruz.
Update (05-01-07): Willy Prilles explains his thoughts on NPM and Privatization where he states three conclusions:
"One, it is unwise to put our faith wholly on market forces to provide all the goods and services required by society. Two, it is a disservice to NPM to assume that privatization is the only way achieve a lean state; there are other tools that can pretty much achieve the same objective, such as decentralization. Finally, the devil is in the details; there is no one-size-fits-all formula to pursue NPM, and the choice of the most appropriate tools depends on a given context."
I agree 100%.