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Theo A.J. Toonen

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 37: Administrative Reform: Analytics

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre


Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Administrative Reform: Analytics
Administrative reform: Analytics
Reform Activity: An Overview

A superficial glance at reform activities in the ‘Western world’ over the past two decades might easily give the impression that in the 1980s, continued into the 1990s, many countries, irrespective of their political and administrative systems, have embarked upon a similar type of public sector reform, some sooner, others later. There has been much talk of a ‘global paradigm shift’ in the approach of government and governance (Aucoin, 1990; Osborne and Gaebler, 1992, Lane, 1993).1

It soon became clear a business oriented approach to government does not necessarily also lead to a preference for markets over governments. The question of what government ought to do may be divorced from the question how government manages its affairs. By ...

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