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 emphasis on differential rewards for differential performance is especially
important at top - management levels of government . For example , one of the
earliest schemes for differential rewards was the bonus system for members of
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
If the initial performance standards are sufficiently low , it is unreasonable for an
organization to refuse to participate in the quality program . Once involved ,
however , year after year the standards of performance can be increased .
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