Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries

A Handbook of Commonwealth Experiences

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A countrybycountry synopsis of public sector reform in thirtysix Commonwealth developing countries. The book presents a brief profile of each country and the background to recent political and economic changes, followed by an outline of the key reform initiatives, the implementation processes, the achievements and the problems encountered. Wherever possible each section concludes with a sketch of proposed initiatives and future programmes. This accessible publication focuses on the experiences, successes and achievements of developing Commonwealth countries, and aims to facilitate the sharing of experience and good practice. The book is a seminal departure from the existing literature in the area of public sector reform, which largely concentrates on the individual experience of the developed countries.




Over the past two decades, reforming public sector institutions has been a central concern in developed as well developing countries around the world. Reforming organisations is probably as old as public administration itself, however the current agenda reveals a number of distinguishing features. Not only is it a largely global movement, its message also has been sustained and largely unambiguous. In fact it is for these reasons that some observers have described this reform movement as a ‘global revolution’. Clearly, there is a strong political salience to this. Many have talked about a preoccupation with ‘hallowing out the state’, and a fundamental rethinking of the role of the state and government, and covering the institutions and processes by which they operate. Equally, the current reform regime has been closely associated with economic and political developments around the global in recent decades, including the demise of the former Soviet Union and subsequent decline of the communist ideology. Lastly, and particularly in the case of developing countries, international creditors and donor institutions have greatly contributed to the pressure on countries to fall in line with the popular changes.


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