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 administrative history of many countries , perhaps especially the Anglo -
American democracies , can be written in terms of changes in central agencies
and their relationships to line departments ( Heclo and Wildavsky 1974 ;
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 ...
13 Paradoxically , the use of performance criteria may also disadvantage the
central agencies that implement these programs , given that the outputs of these
organizations are perhaps the most diffuse within government . The same sort of
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