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 various meanings of reform and the various reform strategies can be seen
clearly in the first rounds of change . The reforms that have been implemented
have profoundly altered the public sector in most countries of the industrialized
Characteristics of Second Round of Reform Performance Management
Diagnosis Accountability Inadequate control Reregulation Excessive autonomy
Poor quality services Structure Coordination Excessive disaggregation Return to
Second , the numerous structural reforms in the first round , particularly
decentralization and deconcentration , have created the need for enhanced
coordination and coherence in the public sector . The concept of virtual
government as one ...
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