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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2 Further , this argument points out that participation may not be an undivided
benefit but that it has virtues contingent upon how it is structured , even in a
democratic regime . Somewhat predictably , advocates of the participatory
The balance that is struck may be a function of cultural factors , with the
Scandinavian countries , for example , generally willing to tolerate longer delays
in order to gain maximum participation ( Meier 1969 ; Laegreid and Roness 1997
) and ...
An even more fundamental option for creating additional participation in these
systems may be to establish some rather basic conceptions of democracy rather
than the somewhat more advanced ones involving the bureaucracy already ...
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