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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.

Fiscal and Financial Decentralization: A Comparative Analysis of Six West European Countries
Fiscal and financial decentralization: A Comparative analysis of six West European countries
BernardSteunenberg and NicoMol

One of the dimensions of reform in the public sector is the distribution of tasks between different levels of government. In most countries in Western Europe central government has become predominant, levying most of government revenues and providing a large number of goods and services. A reduction in the fiscal autonomy of local governments caused them to become increasingly dependent on central government grants for implementing their policies. In addition, a shift of political responsibility from the local to the central level caused local governments in some countries to fall increasingly under the control of central government. In the late ...

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