This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.
Section 11: Administrative Reform
Reform is about bringing about change. More so, reform is about the promise of bringing innovation and, hopefully, improvement. Reform is about becoming better through the removal of faults and errors or by abolishing or correcting malpractice, especially of a moral or political or social kind. Reform is therefore about values and quality. Administrative reform is about the administrative quality, constituted by administrative values, of public sector institutions, of public policy decision-making processes and of public organization and management.
We follow the definition of Public Administration provided by the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Institutions:1
Public administration In the lower case (p.a.) institutional arrangements for the provision of public services; in the upper case (P.A.), the study of those arrangements. ‘Institutional arrangements’ is a ...