Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement

2310-2012 (online)
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A strong and achieving public service is a necessary condition for a competitively successful nation. This series maps current and emerging best practices in public service management from across the Commonwealth. It draws on the experience of practitioners, managers and policy-makers to point the way to practical strategies for improvement.
Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries

Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries

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Victor Ayeni
01 Jan 2001
9781848597754 (PDF)

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A countrybycountry synopsis of public sector reform in thirtysix Commonwealth developing countries. The book presents a brief profile of each country and the background to recent political and economic changes, followed by an outline of the key reform initiatives, the implementation processes, the achievements and the problems encountered. Wherever possible each section concludes with a sketch of proposed initiatives and future programmes. This accessible publication focuses on the experiences, successes and achievements of developing Commonwealth countries, and aims to facilitate the sharing of experience and good practice. The book is a seminal departure from the existing literature in the area of public sector reform, which largely concentrates on the individual experience of the developed countries.
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  • Foreword

    In early 2002, the Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD) of the Commonwealth Secretariat was formed by the merger of Management and Training Services Division (MTSD) and General Technical Assistance Services Division (GTASD), and operates as part of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC). Its purpose is to strengthen good governance in member countries through providing advice, training and expertise to build capacity in institutions throughout the Commonwealth. It has in-house specialist expertise in governance, including public sector reform and restructuring, public-private sector partnerships, and public sector informatics, but is also able to provide assistance across a wide range of development issues to meet the particular needs of individual member countries.

  • Acknowledgement

    The materials for this publication have been drawn mostly from background papers and presentations prepared by participants and facilitators of the series of top-level seminars the Commonwealth Secretariat has run in Singapore and New Zealand over the last decade or so. We are grateful to these authors (listed in the Appendix), and to all those who have worked with us on these programmes over the years.

  • Introduction

    Over the past two decades, reforming public sector institutions has been a central concern in developed as well developing countries around the world. Reforming organisations is probably as old as public administration itself, however the current agenda reveals a number of distinguishing features. Not only is it a largely global movement, its message also has been sustained and largely unambiguous. In fact it is for these reasons that some observers have described this reform movement as a ‘global revolution’. Clearly, there is a strong political salience to this. Many have talked about a preoccupation with ‘hallowing out the state’, and a fundamental rethinking of the role of the state and government, and covering the institutions and processes by which they operate. Equally, the current reform regime has been closely associated with economic and political developments around the global in recent decades, including the demise of the former Soviet Union and subsequent decline of the communist ideology. Lastly, and particularly in the case of developing countries, international creditors and donor institutions have greatly contributed to the pressure on countries to fall in line with the popular changes.

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Pacific
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