Comparative governance: prospects and lessons

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Title Comparative governance: prospects and lessons
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 This article revisits the country case studies and seeks to answer two questions. What are the strengths and weaknesses of an interpretive approach? What lessons can we draw from our analysis of public sector reform? To assess an interpretive approach, we discuss: the issues raised in identifying beliefs; the meaning of explanation; how to select traditions; the shift from prediction to informed conjecture and policy advice as storytelling. To assess the lessons, we outline our preferred story of public sector reform. We seek to show that an interpretive approach produces insights for students of public administration. We argue it remains feasible to give policy advice to public sector managers by telling them stories and providing rules of thumb (proverbs) to guide managerial practices.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at []
Volume 81
Issue Number 1
Page from 191
Page to 210
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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