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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Though there may be some efficiency gains from the disaggregation of larger
organizations , there may also be significant losses , including losses in overall
efficiency within the public sector . One of the more important sources of
... removal of the constraints of internal red tape , that activity would be more
creative , more effective , and more efficient . ... budgeting rules , purchasing rules
, and the like the true possibilities for enhanced efficiency through managerialism
First , the economic question : how much money has been saved and how much
has efficiency in service provision been improved ? At least for some reformers ,
these financial questions are the dominant concern . As for the second question ...
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