Providing important insights into the origins of policy ideas, the qualities and capabilities of leaders, the nature and challenges of large organizational changes, and the complexity of efforts to evaluate the outcomes of reform, the contributors consider aspects of public administration reform in countries such as Canada, Thailand, Mexico, and China as well as the ways in which changes have been shaped by global forces, national values, traditions, and culture. An invaluable work for understanding the new challenges faced by the governments around the world, Comparative Administration Change and Reform offers a clear analysis of both the successes and failures of reform and should be read by anyone interested in politics, administration, and public sector reform.
Jon Pierre is a professor of political science at the University of Gothenborg. Patricia W. Ingraham is the dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University.
Preface; Ideas in Action: Why the Reality of the Administrative Reform Grinder Matters / Patricia Ingraham and Jon Pierre PART ONE The Ideas of Reform: Reforming Governance and Accountability 1 Change and Continuity: An Institutional Approach to Institutions of Democratic Government / Johan P. Olsen PART TWO The Ideas of Reform: Leaders and Change 2 New Public Leadership for Public Service Reform / Geert Bouckaert; 3 Leaders and Leadership in Administrative Reform / Ian Thynne PART THREE The Ideas of Reform: Management Systems and Other Reformed Tools 4 Simply the Best? The International Benchmarking of Reform and Good Governance / Christopher Pollitt; 5 Cyber-bureaucracy: If it is So Central to Public Administration, Why Is It So Ghetto-ized? / Christopher Hood and Helen Margetts PART FOUR The Design of Reform: The Evolution of Policy Tools 6 Reforming Management and Management Systems: Impacts and Issues / John Halligan PART FIVE The Design of Reform: Western Ideas and Models in Non-Western Settings 7 Implementing Developed Countries' Administrative Reforms in Developing Countries: The Case of Mexico / Jose Luis Mendez; 8 Western Models and Administrative Reform in China: Pragmatism and the Search for Modernity / John P. Burns; 9 Bureaucrats, Politicians, and the Transfer of Administrative Reform into Thailand / Bidhya Bowornwathana PART SIX Change and Reform in a Multinational Context 10 Change and Reform in the European Union / Alberta M. Sbragia PART SEVEN Looking Back at Reform Efforts: What Worked? 11 Success and Failure of Reform: Taking Stock / Donald J. Savoie 12 Conclusions: The Future of Public Management / Jon Pierre Contributors; References