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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ORGANIZATIONAL PERMANENCEFRUSTRATION AND FUTILITY Despite some
obvious and important attractions , permanent government structures present
significant problems for effective and efficient governance , at least in this one
solutions were far from universally successful , but these structures did represent
an effort to prevent creation of more permanent organizations . Some scholars
have argued that organizational permanence borders on futility instead of ...
Thus , even when there is a permanent public organization , its members may
themselves be transients . This is certainly a shift from the tradition of government
employment , and the permanent civil servant would no longer be the backbone
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