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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.

Farewell to the British State?
Farewell to the British state?
MichaelJ.Goldsmith and EdwardC.Page
The Scale of Reform

If we look at public sector reform attempts in the post-war period in Britain there is a general tendency among contemporary observers of whatever era to believe that what they are witnessing marks a fundamental change in state organization as we know it. The Fulton Committee of 1968 seemed to open the doors for change in an archaic civil service that had last been examined early in Queen Victoria's reign (Fry, 1983: 249). The merging of ministries in super-departments as well as the merging of small local government units into larger entities were part of the ‘planning mood’ that also involved the creation of strategic policy planning units and similar organizations ...

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