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.

International Organizations and Domestic Administrative Reform

International organizations and domestic administrative reform

This chapter focuses on the role of international organizations as promoters of administrative reform at the national level. Typically, international organizations are placed in two broad categories. Intergovernmental organizations involve a type of membership whereby the legal autonomy of states remains largely intact primarily because of the subordinate role of the organization's institutional actors. Supranational organizations are characterized by an increasing delegation of powers by their members to an autonomous set of institutions whose output penetrates into national legal orders, domestic administrations and operational codes.

So far as the impact of the two types of international organizations upon national administrations is concerned, at first sight there seems to be a paradox: whereas supranational organizations are ...

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