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Models of public service reform : a problem-solving approach, Volume 1
Author:McCourt, Willy; Country:World;
Date Stored:2013/04/30Document Date:2013/04/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures; National Governance; Public Sector Expenditure Policy; Public Sector Management and Reform; Public Sector Economics
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS6428Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6428
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper identifies six models of public service reform that have been practiced in developing countries over the past half-century. It critically reviews their implementation, discussing them as attempted solutions to problems that have arisen in the policy process in different countries. The models are: public administration; decentralization; pay and employment reform; New Public Management; integrity and corruption reforms; and "bottom-up" reforms. The paper seeks an explanation for their disappointing performance in the political economy of reform, with an emphasis on how learning from failure can be the paradoxical foundation of future success.

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