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Handbook of Administrative Reform
An International Perspective




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ISBN 9780849380655
Published February 21, 2008 by Routledge
296 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The field of public administration currently lacks sufficient resources for understanding the rationale, implications, and inherent practices of reforming government administration around the world.The Handbook of Administrative Reform satisfies this need by bringing together diverse international experts to analyze the sensible processes and intervention strategies central to administrative reform in nine nations geographically located in North America, Europe, and Latin America.

Organized into five related parts, the text begins by examining factors that influence administrative reform—most notably, pressure to adhere to the institutional, international, and supranational standards promulgated by globalization, the European Union, and the United Nations. Subsequent sections further support this hypothesis by delving into specific case studies of founding and early EU members, new EU members, and EU applicant nations. After a thorough exploration of North America and Latin America, the volume concludes with a challenge to public administrators around the globe to continue the noble cause of advancing democracy through accountable, transparent, and responsive reform.

Table of Contents

Theoretical and Institutional Influence on Administrative Reform
Globalization, Europeanization, and Administrative Reform, N. Eklund and M.E. Wimelius
The Political State of Administrative Reform at the United
Nations: A Microcosm of Reforms Occurring Globally, D.M. Schlagheck
The Missing Link in Administrative Reform: Considering
Culture, J. Killian
Administrative Reform in European Union Founding and Early Member Nations
Administrative Reform in Germany: Changes and Challenges, J. Franzke
Ireland: Modernization as Opposed to Radical Reform, B. Connaughton
Administrative Reform in Sweden: Administrative Dualism
at the Crossroad, N. Eklund
Administrative Reform in European Union New Member and Applicant Nations
Civil Service Reform in Poland: The Influence of Path
Dependency, T. Majcherkiewicz
Unfinished Modernization: Public Administration Reform
in Postcommunist Romania, S. Ioniţă
The Politics of Administrative Decentralization in Turkey
Since 1980, G. B. Özcan and H. Turunç
Administrative Reform in North America and Latin America
Administrative Reform in the United States: Toward
Government–Nonprofit Partnerships in Governance, A.M. Eikenberry and M.C. Pautz
Reconsidering the History of Administrative Reforms in
Canada, L. Juillet and M.S . Mingus
Civil Service Reform: Challenges and Future Prospects for
Mexican Democracy, D. Arellano-Gault
Concluding Thoughts
An International Perspective on Administrative Reform, J. Killian
Index

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