From Problem to Solution

Commonwealth Strategies for Reform

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This book develops a framework for productive public service reforms, based on successful innovations and practical strategies developed and implemented across the Commonwealth. The first section highlights the pressures Commonwealth countries face. The following sections draw out common strategic approaches and provide a framework of practical solutions. The final section identifies critical challenges which must be addressed to sustain public service reform and underpin accountable administration for just and honest government.



The Pressure for Reform

Since the mid-1970s, governments have been increasingly concerned with adapting and developing the structures and values for the public service that will achieve greater efficiency, and more responsive and flexible services. This movement has been pushed largely by a combination of economic crises and geo-political changes which have led to reduced financial resources for governments. However, it has also been pulled by a sense of new possibilities: the development of a new set of managerial strategies which promise to lever greater results from fewer resources.


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