This title was first published in 2003. How was public policy and economic development in Nigeria affected under the period of military control between 1966 and 1999? What is the nature and scale of change that Nigeria will have to undergo in order to achieve its current development goals? Initially providing a history of Nigeria along with a framework for understanding the nature, scope and magnitude of the military and public management problems within the country, this timely and rewarding book addresses both of these questions. It analyzes the institutions that make and implement public policy in the Nigerian political arena, and examines the route that Nigeria could take in order to enhance its public management capacities. Although the specific focus is on Nigeria, the mode of analysis used is transferable to a wide variety of developing nations. The book will foster an understanding among scholars, development planners, military officers and policy makers of the tasks and challenges facing Nigeria and many sub-Saharan African nations in the twenty-first century.
’In Public Management and Sustainable Development in Nigeria, Professor Dibie leads us on an entertaining, thought-provoking tour of public administration's changing role in the developing process of Nigeria. The book is the first seminal research completed on Nigerian Public Administrators. It analyzes Nigeria’s administrative values and attitudes using survey research methodology. With wit and ingenuity Professor Dibie traces the development of Nigeria’s public administration and the shifting perceptions that have accompanied them throughout the nation’s history. Professor Robert Dibie breaks new ground in explaining how efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability, improved gender perception, elimination of quota system and improved ethics orientation could transform the Nigeria’s civil service into an instrument for attaining sustainable development in the twenty-first century. The purpose of Public Management and Sustainable Development in Nigeria is to enable people without any public administration training to understand the way the civil service function in Nigeria. It is an essential text if you want to understand why public policy and industrial development failed during the military regime in Nigeria. Professor Dibie argues that the task of developing managerial manpower is not only imperative, it is urgent. Until Nigeria evolves its endogenous managerial talents, economic development and structural change will continue to be elusive, and the process more agonizing and traumatizing. His analyzes have useful implications for researchers who are doing comparative studies elsewhere. Public Administration scholar, graduate and advance, undergraduate students, and University Libraries word enrich their holdings in comparative public administration with this first empirical study of Nigerian Bureaucrats.’ Professor Manindra Mohapatra, Indiana State University, USA
Contents: History and Problems: Premise of a dynamic nation; Managing Nigeria's ethnic legacy; The public bureaucracy; Military administration. Public Administration Operations: Teaching of public administration; Public administrators’ perception of the importance of managerial skills; Administrators and correcting government failures; Assessment of local government public servants. Enhancing Public Management Capacities: Management of local raw materials; Technology policy and sustainable development; Public policy making and implementation. How to Achieve Sustainable Development: Women, bureaucracy and development; Managing ethics and corruption; Broad-based sustainable development; Selected bibliography; Index.
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