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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In particular , India , for example , has developed a variety of mechanisms that
allow the public to be involved in , and to express discontent with , the actions of
the bureaucracy ( Jain 1998 ) . Many other political systems in less economically
Despite the arguments about the need for predictability , I could also argue that
developing flexibility is at least as important for public administration in less
developed and transitional regimes as it has been for the wealthy industrialized ...
In the less developed political systems , as Riggs would have argued , rigidity
and formalism existed side by side with high levels of variability and personalism
. On the one hand , the formal rules of bureaucracies have been well ...
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