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Miracle to Meltdown in AsiaBusiness, Government and Society$
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Norman Flynn

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295525.001.0001

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Managing the Network State

Managing the Network State

(p.126) Chapter 7 Managing the Network State
Miracle to Meltdown in Asia

Norman Flynn

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the role of civil service in economic growth and development. It also describes how governments improve civil service through changes in personnel management practices, decronyfication, reducing corruption, and improving the quality of service. This chapter also examines civil service in China and Japan. In China, hierarchies ran from individual factories through their sponsoring ministries to the top of government. While the Japanese civil service was never in direct control of industries, it played an important part during the developmental state period. There have been changes in the way in which the civil service is managed in both countries. The two examples show some of the difficulties involved in moving civil service organizations towards a mode of rule that is rational and technocratic and away from one that is based on personal connections and favours.

Keywords:   civil service, personnel management, corruption, decronyfication, China, Japan, developmental state, personal connections

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