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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Governing in most industrialized democracies has become a process of
bargaining and mediating rather than of applying rules ( Kooiman 1993 ) . Further
, civil servants increasingly are expected to make their own decisions about what
Furthermore , if the ideas about “ dialogical democracy ” are implemented , then
coordination of programs and organizations will become even more problematic .
If there is wide - scale consultation about decisions , then once they are made ...
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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