Decentralization and Public Management Reform
A major theme of government reforms across the industrialized democracies over the past decade has been the decentralization of authority, responsibility and accountability in public management (OECD, 1990, 1993). While decentralization has meant different things in different political systems, in part because different political regimes have different starting points from which to decentralize authority, responsibility and accountability (or, for that matter, to centralize the same), the overriding assumption has been that it is a necessary, if not sufficient, condition to enhance the performance of government.
KeywordsPublic Service Organizational Design Public Management State Apparatus Central Agency
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