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Making Small Practical

The Organisation and Management of Ministries of Education in Small States

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How should one organise a ministry of education which has only a small group of professional staff? Officers must become multifunctional; but what tasks should be grouped together, and how? What styles of management are needed for the highly personalised nature of small states, in which individuals have multiple outofwork relationships as well as formal inwork ones? What arrangements can be made for career paths in a small organisation? And how can small ministries best manage the demands of regional and international linkages?



These are among questions addressed in this book. It is the product of a panCommonwealth project in which officers from small ministries contributed practical insights. Experiences have been distilled and analysed, and are presented in a lively and readable format for both administrators and trainers.



The companion study, Ministries of Education in Small States: Case Studies of Organisation and Management, contains 14 case studies in a countrybycountry format.

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Public Administration in Small States

The previous chapter commenced by noting that in some respects small states are not very different from medium-sized and large states. This observation applies as much to public administration as to other spheres. The standard works on public administration, some of which are listed at the end of this chapter, contain material that is applicable in almost all settings.

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