Traditions of governance: interpreting the changing role of the public sector

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Title Traditions of governance: interpreting the changing role of the public sector
Author Bevir, Mark; Rhodes, R.A.W.; Weller, Patrick Moray
Journal Name Public Administration
Editor Professor R.A.W Rhodes
Year Published 2003
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract The role of the state is changing under the impact of, for example, globalization. The changes have been variously understood as the new public management (NPM), the hollowingout of the state and the new governance. This special issue of Public Administration explores the changing role of the state in advanced industrial democracies. It focuses on the puzzle of why states respond differently to common trends. This introductory article has three aims. First, we provide a brief review of the existing literature on public sector reform to show that our approach is distinctive. We argue that the existing literature does not explore the ways in which governmental traditions shape reform. Second, we outline an interpretive approach to the analysis of public sector reform built on the notions of beliefs, traditions, dilemmas and narratives. We provide brief illustrations of these ideas drawn from the individual country articles. Finally, we outline the ground covered by all the chapters but we do not summarize and compare their experiences of reform. That task is reserved for the concluding article.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at []
Volume 81
Issue Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 17
ISSN 0033-3298
Date Accessioned 2004-05-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Subject Comparative Government and Politics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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