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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The underlying assumption is that if the internal regulatory bonds that constrain
its actions are loosened , then the bureaucracy will have the capacity and the
willingness to make government function better . This assumption is seen as ...
reform may be able to capture headlines and demonstrate that government does
care about what is happening to citizens , it may also be conservative and help to
preserve the status quo in policy . 16 The structural assumptions of reregulation ...
This assumption would be contested , however , by more traditional
administrators who would see deregulation as eliminating rules intended to
prevent errors by constraining the latitude of civil servants . Thus , the
deregulatory approach ...
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