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Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries

Paradoxes and Practices, 1st Edition

Edited by Charles Conteh, Ahmed Shafiqul Huque


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The underpinning assumption of public management in the developing world as a process of planned change is increasingly being recognized as unrealistic. In reality, the practice of development management is characterized by processes of mutual adjustment among individuals, agencies, and interest groups that can constrain behaviour, as well as provide incentives for collaborative action. Paradoxes inevitably emerge in policy network practice and design.

The ability to manage government departments and operations has become less important than the ability to navigate the complex world of interconnected policy implementation processes. Public sector reform policies and programmes, as a consequence, are a study in the complexities of the institutional and environmental context in which these reforms are pursued. Building on theory and practice, this book argues that advancing the theoretical frontlines of development management research and practice can benefit from developing models based on innovation, collaboration and governance.

The themes addressed in Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries will enable public managers in developing countries cope in uncertain and turbulent environments as they seek optimal fits between their institutional goals and environmental contingencies.


Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries moves the study of contemporary reform out of the Western democracies to consider the impact of various ideas about management on public administration in other parts of the world. This is an extremely useful and informative collection of papers that should be read by scholars in administration and those in development.

B. Guy Peters, Professor, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Paradoxes of Public Management Reforms in Developing Countries (Charles Conteh and Ahmed Shafiqul Huque) 1. Public Management Reform in Developing Countries: Contradictions and the Inclusive State (Ahmed Shafiqul Huque and Habib Zafarullah) 2. An Appraisal of the New Public Governance as a Paradigm of Public Sector Reform in Africa (Charles Conteh) 3. Public Participation and Co-Production in the Irrigation Sector of Punjab of Pakistan (Muhammad Junaid Usma Akhtar, Denita Cepiku, & Antonio Lapenta) 4. Collaborative Governance in Brazil: Partnerships Between Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations and Their Facilitating and Restrictive Factors (Humberto Falcão Martins and Renata Bernardo) 5. Community Policing in Tanzania: Experiences and Understandings of Participation (Charlotte Cross) 6. Paradoxes of Decentralization in Thailand: Evidence from Decentralizing the Task of Illegal Drug Control to Local Governments (Patamawadee Jongruck) 7. The Political Context of Decentralization: Reflections on South Asia (Abu Elias Sarker) 8. Towards a Managerial State: Turkey’s Decentralization Reforms During the AKP Government (Evrim Tan) 9. Is Accountability an Elusive Goal of Public Management Reform? (Eris D. Schoburgh) 10. The Internationalization of Performance Management and Budgeting: Limitations in the Gulf States (Richard Common) 11. Beyond Neoliberal Public Sector Reform – A Case for a Developmental Public Service in Sub-Saharan Africa (Frank L. K. Ohemeng and Francis Y. Owusu) 12. Conclusion: Reflections on the Paradoxes of Public Management Reforms in Developing Countries (Charles Conteh and Ahmed Shafiqul Huque)

About the Editors

Charles Conteh is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Brock University, Canada

Ahmed Shafiqul Huque is Professor of Political Science at McMaster University, Canada

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management

The study and practice of public management has undergone profound changes across the world. Over the last quarter century, we have seen

  • the increasing criticism of public administration as the over-arching framework for the provision of public services
  • the rise (and critical appraisal) of the ‘New Public Management’ as an emergent paradigm for the provision of public services
  • the transformation of the ‘public sector’ into the cross-sectoral provision of public services
  • the growth of the governance of inter-organizational relationships as an essential element in the provision of public services

In reality these trends have not so much replaced each other as elided or co-existed together – the public policy process has not gone away as a legitimate topic of study, intra-organizational management continues to be essential to the efficient provision of public services, whist the governance of inter-organizational and inter-sectoral relationships is now essential to the effective provision of these services.

This series is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study. It will publish books that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance (in theory and practice) and examine the relationship with and contribution to the over-arching disciplines of management and organizational sociology. Books in the series will be of interest to academics and researchers in this field, students undertaking advanced studies, and reflective policy makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)