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Hellmut Wollmann

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Chapter 9: Policy Change in Public-Sector Reforms in Comparative Perspective: Between Convergence and Divergence

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Policy Change in Public-Sector Reforms in Comparative Perspective: Between Convergence and Divergence
Policy change in public-sector reforms in comparative perspective: Between convergence and divergence
HellmutWollmann

Since the 1980s, major policy changes in public-sector reforms have occurred throughout the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries—with a considerable variance across countries in the timing, scope and focus of such reforms. In dealing with this development in a comparative perspective, the chapter will proceed in three steps.

First, nutshell profiles of the development and current state of public-sector reform in a number of key OECD countries will be sketched in order to identify the degree of institutional variance among them. Then, after submitting a hypothetical explanatory scheme and analytically singling out some crucial dimensions of public-sector reform policies, the ...

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