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Jack Hayward and Anand Menon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250154.001.0001

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The Age of Administrative Reforms

The Age of Administrative Reforms

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(p.128) 8 The Age of Administrative Reforms
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Governing Europe
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Sabino Cassese

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199250154.003.0008

The first section of the chapter discusses the factors that give rise to a need for administrative reform in the public sector: the size and stability of public administrations means that they change less quickly than the political, economic and social framework within which they operate; and frictions periodically emerge between their two components – the political overseers and the administration proper. The second section identifies administrative reform as a peculiarly twentieth century phenomenon in Europe. The remaining sections of the chapter go on to look at various aspects of this administrative reform: reform motivations and objectives; administrative reform in West Europe; and comparative contrasts in administrative reform.

Keywords:   administrative reform, Europe, public sector, reform motivations, reform objectives, twentieth century, Western Europe

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