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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As dramatic as some of the individual reform programs have been in the
industrialized democracies , the cumulation of changes over the two decades in
these public bureaucracies is perhaps even more impressive ; perhaps still more
Perhaps the dominant concept motivating contemporary administrative reform is
that of “ performance ” and the associated idea of providing “ service quality ” in
the public sector ( Pollitt and Bouckaert 2000 ; OECD 1997 ) . These ideas can be
Some “ legalistic ” administrative systems , such as Germany , can survive with a
relatively compact administrative code , but government in the United States ( as
perhaps the extreme example ) developed thousands of pages of detailed ...
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