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This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

Public Administration and Public Sector Reform in Latin America
Public administration and public sector reform in Latin America

This chapter intends to provide a general overview of Latin America's public sector restructuring in the context of the broader economic, social and political changes in the past two decades. Administrative reform may evoke a worldwide trend, yet its circumstances, outcomes and effects are region- and country-specific and are conditioned by the current pattern, as well as legacy, of state-society relations. Most analysts of public administration in the region view administrative systems as inseparable from politics: administrative changes have to be studied as driven by particular political interests and with specific political implications for the relationship between state and society.

Six basic questions will be addressed. First, what changes ...

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