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.

The Administrative State in Western Democracies

The administrative state in Western democracies

At the beginning of the twenty-first century Western countries face new and different challenges from those with which they were confronted in the 1980s. Current reform programmes in Western countries are now increasingly focused on governance issues, which cannot be solved by the ‘administrative state’ alone but require the involvement of a wide array of stakeholders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Most literature has focused on New Public Management (NPM) reforms whereas other public sector reforms such as the process of European integration and its impact on the public administration of EU member states (see, for example, Knill, 2001) have been largely neglected. Most attention has focused on the reform of central ...

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