Value for Money in Government
The OECD series Value for Money in Government reports on new reforms and reform trends in public administration, as part of the OECD multi-annual, cross-country study of the same name. The study looks in particular at reforms which aim for better quality of services at lower costs – that is, value for money. The series includes horizontal studies that look at reforms on a thematic basis across countries, as well as country assessments of individual countries. The horizontal studies are descriptive and provide information on the reforms that have occurred in member countries. The focus is on features of the reforms, and on experience with their implementation, which are relevant from an international perspective so that countries can learn from each other. The country studies assess government institutions and practices and, drawing upon reforms that have delivered good results in other countries, make recommendations to the country.
Public Administration after "New Public Management"Click to Access:
- Publication Date :
- 07 June 2010
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- ISBN :
- 9789264086449 (PDF) ; 9789264086432 (print)
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Public administration has entered a new age. In the 1980s, "less" government was the prevailing idea; in the 1990s and early 21st century, "New Public Management" was the dominant theme. Today, public administration is moving in new directions. Reforms are focusing on the quality of services for citizens and businesses and on the efficiency of administration (the "back office" of government). The OECD is studying these new trends in a multi-annual, cross-country project called "Value for Money in Government".
This is the first report in a new OECD series on the topic. The book examines four themes in nine OECD countries: the development of shared service centres, the steering and control of agencies, automatic productivity cuts, and spending review procedures. In addition, it contains a quantitative analysis of the size of employment in central government. The countries studied are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The book pays particular attention to the case of the Netherlands, the country that first proposed an OECD study on value for money in government.