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Reforming the Public Sector
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Many countries are still struggling to adapt to the broad and unexpected effects of modernization initiatives. As changes take shape, governments are challenged to explore new reforms. The public sector is now characterized by profound transformation across the globe, with ramifications that are yet to be interpreted. To convert this transformation into an ongoing state of improvement, policymakers and civil service leaders must learn to implement and evaluate change. This book is an important contribution to that end.

Reforming the Public Sector presents comparative perspectives of government reform and innovation, discussing three decades of reform in public sector strategic management across nations. The contributors examine specific reform-related issues including the uses and abuses of public sector transparency, the "Audit Explosion," and the relationship between public service motivation and job satisfaction in Europe.

This volume will greatly aid practitioners and policymakers to better understand the principles underpinning ongoing reforms in the public sector. Giovanni Tria, Giovanni Valotti, and their cohorts offer a scientific understanding of the main issues at stake in this arduous process. They place the approach to public administration reform in a broad international context and identify a road map for public management.

Contributors include: Michael Barzelay, Nicola Bellé, Andrea Bonomi Savignon, Geert Bouckaert, Luca Brusati, Paola Cantarelli, Denita Cepiku, Francesco Cerase, Luigi Corvo, Maria Cucciniello, Isabell Egger-Peitler, Paolo Fedele, Gerhard Hammerschmid, Mario Ianniello, Elaine Ciulla Kamarck, Irvine Lapsley, Peter Leisink, Mariannunziata Liguori, Renate Meyer, Greta Nasi, James L. Perry, Christopher Pollitt, Adrian Ritz, Raffaella Saporito, MariaFrancesca Sicilia, Ileana Steccolini, Bram Steijn, Wouter Vandenabeele, and Montgomery Van Wart.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Information
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction: Challenges of Public Sector Reform
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part One: Transparency: When the Auditor is the Society
  2. p. 11
  1. 1. Shedding Light or Obfuscating? Audit in an NPM World
  2. pp. 13-25
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  1. 2. Making Transparency Transparent: An Assessment Model for Local Governments
  2. pp. 26-47
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  1. Part Two: Public Service Motivation: The Other Side of the Public Sector Productivity
  2. p. 49
  1. 3. Does Making a Difference Make a Difference? Answers from Research on Public Service Motivation
  2. pp. 51-67
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  1. 4. Public Service Motivation and Job Satisfaction in Various European Countries: A Tale of Caution and Hope
  2. pp. 68-95
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  1. 5. Public Service Motivation: The State of the Art
  2. pp. 96-125
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  1. Part Three: Leadership and Public Sector Reforms
  2. p. 127
  1. 6. What Can We Learn from Thirty Years of Public Management Reform?
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. 7. Leadership Competencies and Their Relevance to Italian Government Reform
  2. pp. 136-156
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  1. 8. Politicians and Administrators: Two Characters in Search of a Role
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. Part Four: Measuring Public Sector Performance: Managing Governments by Numbers
  2. p. 171
  1. 9. Public Sector Performance: Managing Governments by the Numbers
  2. pp. 173-193
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  1. 10. Strategic Management in Italian Ministries: An Empirical Assessment of Gains from and Gaps in Reforms
  2. pp. 194-215
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  1. Part Five: International Perspectives on Public Sector Reforms
  2. p. 217
  1. 11. The Study of Public Management: Reference Points for a Design Science Approach
  2. pp. 219-239
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  1. 12. Government Reform and Innovation: A Comparative Perspective
  2. pp. 240-259
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  1. 13. Stakeholders' Inclusion: Measuring the Performance of Interactive Decisionmaking
  2. pp. 260-284
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  1. 14. Public Sector Reforms: State of the Art and Future Challenges
  2. pp. 285-298
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 299-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-311
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  1. Back Cover
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