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Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Section 11: Administrative Reform

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Administrative Reform
Administrative reform

Reform is about bringing about change. More so, reform is about the promise of bringing innovation and, hopefully, improvement. Reform is about becoming better through the removal of faults and errors or by abolishing or correcting malpractice, especially of a moral or political or social kind. Reform is therefore about values and quality. Administrative reform is about the administrative quality, constituted by administrative values, of public sector institutions, of public policy decision-making processes and of public organization and management.

Public Administration

We follow the definition of Public Administration provided by the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Institutions:1

Public administration In the lower case (p.a.) institutional arrangements for the provision of public services; in the upper case (P.A.), the study of those arrangements. ‘Institutional arrangements’ is a ...

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