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Applying the Common Assessment Framework in Europe

Applying the common assessment framework in Europe

The public sector has to cope with a lot of challenges and respond to many new needs and demands in society (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], 1993, 1995, 2000). Due to these challenges and pressures, the public sector is the object of large-scale reform (Kettl, 2000; Kickert, 1997; Lane, 2000).

Over the last two decades there appears to have been a huge amount of public management reform. Although there was also reform in earlier periods, the changes since 1980 have—in many countries—been distinguished by an international character and a degree of political salience which marks them out from the more parochial or technical changes of the proceeding quarter-century. (Pollitt & ...

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