- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Boxes
- List of Contributors
- Introductory Remarks
- Public Management: The Word, the Movement, the Science
- Public Management: A Concise History of the Field
- Bureaucracy in the Twenty-First Century
- Public and Private Management Compared
- Public Management, Democracy, and Politics
- Law and Public Administration
- Public Management as Ethics
- Public Accountability
- Economic Perspectives on Public Organizations
- Postmodern Public Administration
- Networks and Inter-Organizational Management: Challenging, Steering, Evaluation, and the Role of Public Actors in Public Management
- Whatever Happened to Public Administration?: Governance, Governance Everywhere
- Virtual Organizations
- The Theory of the Audit Explosion
- Public–Private Partnerships and Hybridity
- Decentralization: A Central Concept in Contemporary Public Management
- E-Government: A Challenge for Public Management
- Professionals in Public Service Organizations: Implications for Public Sector “Reforming”
- Rethinking Leadership in Public Organizations
- Organizational Cultures in the Public Services
- Performance Management
- Striving for Balance: Reforms in Human Resource Management
- Public Service Quality Improvement
- Budget and Accounting Reforms
- NGOS and Contracting
- Evaluation and Public Management
- International Public Management
- Management Consultancy
- Change and Continuity in the Continental Tradition of Public Management
- Author Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines what reforms have been proposed, what they are intended to accomplish, and how they are working out. The result of the survey and analysis conducted is somewhat messy if informative. The amount and quality of information available in different countries varies enormously. Failed reforms have often been ignored by researchers, biasing the existing reports in a positive direction. Reforms have been in place for different amounts of time in different countries, and some have been only partly implemented, adding to the difficulty of comparing them. Finally, the large number of countries engaged in such reforms has led to some selectivity in the presentation, making the results less than neat. This article then illustrates an interim report on an ongoing set of processes in a limited number of countries, based on the literature and on first-hand observations offered by scholars and practitioners in a number of countries.
Irene S. Rubin, Professor Emerita, Department of Political Science, Public Administration Division, Northern Illinois University.
Joanne Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Public Budgeting, Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney.
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