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Handbook of Administrative Reform

An International Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Jerri Killian, Niklas Eklund


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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


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