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Dele Olowu

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 40: The Crisis in African Public Administration

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre


Subject: Public Administration (general)

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The Crisis in African Public Administration
The crisis in African public administration

This chapter reviews the performance of African public administration systems and focuses on reform efforts since these countries became independent around the 1960s. As noted by Hyden in the Introduction to this section, reform efforts have been aimed at making African public administrations developmental, managerial and democratic. Such a multiple transformation represents a paradigm shift from the present preoccupation with rule maintenance and autocracy. This change is necessitated by the challenges confronting the continent and its people in the twenty-first century. They are part of wider governance of reforms, which have been pursued in the continent since 1990 — a trend, which is not confined to Africa — although least internalized there (Hyden and ...

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