Government in Transition

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The Inaugural Conference of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management.



Summary: government in transition - a new paradigm in public administration

The Inaugural Conference of CAPAM, the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management, held in Charlottetown, Canada in August 1994, was the first time in the history of the Commonwealth that a high-level conference addressed itself exclusively to issues of public management. This Conference was not an official Commonwealth ministers' meeting because CAPAM is a voluntary association of individuals and organisations having an interest in the practice, study, and improvement of public management. Nevertheless, as the list of speakers included two current prime ministers, seven current or former ministers, and 15 current or former permanent secretaries or agency heads, the CAPAM Conference had the breadth of perspective and sophistication of discourse that would characterise a ministerial conclave.


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