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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Flexible Government The third alternative to the traditional model of governing
will be characterized as the flexible government model . This alternative is the
least clearly articulated of the four , yet it captures several important realities of
Institutionalizing some form of flexible government ( another oxymoron ? ) makes
adopting an experimental approach more palatable to political leaders . If
politicians or administrators can be certain that when they initiate a program it
need not ...
The participation model requires strong commitment from public employees , and
perhaps even from clients , but the flexible government approach appears to treat
employees rather shabbily . Flexible government assumes ( much like many ...
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