1st Edition

Handbook of Administrative Reform An International Perspective

Edited By Jerri Killian, Niklas Eklund Copyright 2008
    296 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    Jerri Killian, Niklas Eklund