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Democracy and Public Management ReformBuilding the Republican State$
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Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261185

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199261180.001.0001

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Public Management Reform Defined

Public Management Reform Defined

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(p.187) 14 Public Management Reform Defined
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Democracy and Public Management Reform
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Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199261180.003.0015

The basic idea is that activities that use state power should be within the state organization; the state should mainly finance social, cultural, and scientific activities involving externalities and dealing with basic human rights, and public non-state service organization should execute them. Additionally, public management reform is concerned with the democratic character of government officials’ decisions. Thus, while it emphasizes more autonomy for government officials in their decisions, given the complexity of the problems that government faces today and the speed required for some decisions, it demands, as a trade-off, greater transparency and accountability in the decision-making process. Finally, public management reform’s objective is not just to make the state organization more efficient but to build state capacity.

Keywords:   accountability, autonomy, decentralization, definition, public non-state organizations, range of accountability, state capacity, transparency

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