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.

Administrative Reform: Analytics

Administrative reform: Analytics

Reform Activity: An Overview

A superficial glance at reform activities in the ‘Western world’ over the past two decades might easily give the impression that in the 1980s, continued into the 1990s, many countries, irrespective of their political and administrative systems, have embarked upon a similar type of public sector reform, some sooner, others later. There has been much talk of a ‘global paradigm shift’ in the approach of government and governance (Aucoin, 1990; Osborne and Gaebler, 1992, Lane, 1993).1

It soon became clear a business oriented approach to government does not necessarily also lead to a preference for markets over governments. The question of what government ought to do may be divorced from the question how government manages its affairs. By ...

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