A Profile of the Public Service of New Zealand

Current Good Practices and New Developments in Public Service Management

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Public sector reform has moved on apace since the first of the Commonwealth Public Service Country Profile Series was launched in 1995 when the principles of New Public Management (NPM) were in an early stage of adoption. Since then, the various civil services described in the series have undergone radical change in scope, organisation and approach rendering a revision timely. Now up dated and completely revised, these reissued Country Profiles continue to be an accessible and valuable source of reference which attempt to both describe and analyse the often tumultuous and controversial public sector reforms which have taken place in contributing countries since 1995. Practising bureaucrats diplomats political and academic audiences will find these new books invaluable in benchmarking best practice in public sector reform across Commonwealth member countries.



Improving Partnerships with Organisations and Agencies outside Central Government

A key principle of the reforms of the State sector in New Zealand has been that the State should not be involved in any activities that would be more efficiently and effectively performed by the community or by private businesses. The government now provides funding to a large range of non-governmental agencies (NGOs) for a wide range of public purposes, through a number of portfolios and government agencies (both Public Service departments and Crown entities). Many of these funding relationships are with not-for-profit organisations.


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