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The UK Experience of Public Administration Reform

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.

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Introduction

This report provides a broad overview of the constitutional and legislative framework of government in the UK, including a description of administrative and political systems, the institutional framework, and human resource policies and infrastructure in central and local government. It is designed to provide readers with information which will enable them to understand the UK experience of public administration reform (PAR) and compare it with the systems of public administration in their own countries. It also provides the necessary background and context for an understanding of the drivers of current administrative reform in the UK.

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