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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 in the Nordic Countries
Public sector reform in the Nordic countries

Public sector reform attempts have been numerous in the Scandinavian countries as well as in Finland. Perhaps Sweden has been the most aggressive in engaging in these activities, not only in the scope of reforms but also in the depth of changes sought. Why is this so? Does the search for public sector reform in the Nordic countries simply reflect general tendencies in all the advanced countries with a democratic regime? Or are there special circumstances in Norden which make public sector reform urgent, such as the sheer size of public expenditure as a percentage of GDP, or the heavy reliance upon one institution for the delivery of public services, the local ...

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