1st Edition

Public Management Reform in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Beyond

By Mhamed Biygautane Copyright 2023
    334 Pages 82 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers an understanding of the current state of public management in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, highlighting the region's institutional and human capital constraints. Drawing on case studies from GCC states and beyond, the book provides a policy-oriented analysis of these challenges and a set of recommendations on how to address them. Public Management Reform in the Gulf Cooperation Council and Beyond utilizes several theoretical frameworks to explore three themes: first, how the quality of government and efficiency of its bureaucratic machinery can offer a business-friendly environment for the private sector; second, how public-private partnerships can foster stronger collaboration and exchange of knowledge and expertise between the public and private sectors; and finally, how the existing human capital constraints may be addressed through the effective implementation of talent management, knowledge management, and training programs.

    A comparative approach is taken throughout the book, contrasting the performance of GCC states with other Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries or the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries in key governance, public sector performance, and business competitiveness indicators to identify what the GCC states need to do to enhance the quality of government and the capacity to deliver services more efficiently.

    This book will appeal to academics, practitioners, policymakers and private sector consultants, as well as those interested more broadly in the Middle East and the Gulf region.

    1. Introduction: Public Management Reform and Its Importance for the GCC States  Part I: Quality of Government and the Public Sector in the GCC Region  2. Assessing the Quality of Government, Governance, and Public Service Delivery in GCC States: MENA Comparisons and Lessons  3. Global Insights for Saudi Arabia’s Economic Development: The Role of Effective Machinery of Government in Revitalizing the Private Sector  4. Strategies for Enhancing Good Governance and Quality of Government in the GCC States: Addressing Corruption in The Public Sector  Part II: Importance of Partnerships Between the Public and Private Sectors  5. The Prospect and Utility of Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships in GCC States: Cases of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar  6. International Review of Public-Private Partnerships for School Infrastructure Development: Lessons and Recommendations for Saudi Arabia  Part III: Importance of Effective Human Resource Development  7. Talent Management in the GCC: MENA Comparisons and Recommendations  8. The Impact of Training on Public Sector Organizations: Insights from the United Arab Emirates  9. Knowledge Management in The Public Sector: Empirical Insights from the United Arab Emirates  Part IV: Conclusion  10. Translating Institutional and Human Constraints to Opportunities


    Mhamed Biygautane is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He is the author of The Institutional Context of Public–Private Partnerships: Lessons from the Arab States of the Gulf Cooperation Council published in 2022. He specializes in public sector reform and explores topics such as privatization, infrastructure public-private partnerships, business-society relations and knowledge management, and public sector training in the context of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Mhamed holds a PhD in Public Management and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Monash University in Australia.