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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.


Public sector reform is omnipresent in the countries with an advanced economy and democratic political institutions. What varies is the amplitude of the reform drive putting into place a new type of public management that we will call ‘Ricardian’. How can we identify some of the main differences in public sector reform? One way to approach the considerable country differences is to focus upon a couple of salient distinctions along which public sector reform vary.

Public sector reform can have two objectives, or only two fundamental purposes: efficiency or justice. Raising the outputs in relation to the inputs or achieving more and better outcomes for a given set of government outputs are the efficiency goals, which have loomed very large in all countries studied in ...

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