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Deregulation, privatization, and marketization have become the bywords for the reforms and debates surrounding the public sector. This major book is unique in its comparative analysis of the reform experience across the globe, from Canada, the West, and Eastern Europe to Australia and New Zealand. Leading country experts identify a number of key factors to systematically explain the similarities and differences, map common problems, and together reflect on the future shape of the public sector. Significant themes and topics explored in this lively and accessible book include the often neglected conflict between the drive for efficiency and questions of justice, the new role of local government, the quest for decentralization and the enhancement of competitiveness, and the introduction of public joint stock companies. Public Sector Reform will be essential reading for all students and researchers of public policy, public administration, and comparative government.

Introduction: Public Sector Reform: Only Deregulation, Privatization and Marketization?
Introduction: Public sector reform: Only deregulation, privatization and marketization?
Jan-ErikLane
The DPM Framework

It is time to make an assessment of the outcomes of the public sector reform drive that has been going on for at least 10 years. Such an evaluation would be a kind of half-way statement of both ambitions and realities, as we may expect that it will not end for at least another decade. Public sector reform ideas are one thing, as discussed in the mass media as well as in scholarly journals. Public sector reform realities may be a quite different matter, as there tends to be a huge distance between lofty theory and down-to-earth practice.

A comparative approach seems to be the most suitable ...

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