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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.

New Public Sector Models: Reform in Australia and New Zealand
New public sector models: Reform in Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand have attracted international attention for their public sector reforms. New Zealand in particular has been hailed as an exemplar of reform, providing a model that displays many unique features, which have been widely emulated. Australia is sufficiently similar to be readily comparable for many purposes while otherwise offering a distinctive approach to reform. In both countries, the last 20 years have been remarkable for the level of public sector change. Four features have been important: the magnitude of the reform, the breadth of the reforms, the longevity of the process and the importance of the changes.

The Australian and New Zealand experiences have ...

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