The Future of Governing
University Press of Kansas, 2001 - 260 pages
Global politics have been transformed by revolution and reformation in the last two decades. As political systems crashed or teetered precariously and entire governments and national boundaries dissolved, even the relatively stable industrialized democracies have been forced to reorganize their governments in the face of the increasing discontent of their citizens. Peters provides a concise and insightful guide to the fundamental ideas underlying these reform movements and their future impact on governance.
This revised edition includes three new chapters that add valuable analysis and perspective to current debates surrounding the political and administrative change in less-developed countries, the deficiencies of public administration theory, and the ways in which reform begets further reform and creates a belief in the desirability of continuous reform.
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competition , with little capacity for government agencies to escape those
pressures ( Peters 1995c , 35 ) . ... Even if an agency is not directly competing
with another public agency delivering the same type of service , it is competing
with all ...
Another possible structural implication of this model is that the control agencies
developed by political leaders at the center of government are less desirable
than they generally have assumed . The administrative history of many countries
Central agencies have , in general , if not withered away , become less central
under deregulation , and other organizations will have to become more central to
governing . If we assume the desirability of maintaining responsible democratic ...
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