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Rekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil

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  • Monica Pinhanez
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    This paper shows how an elite cadre of public sector officials played a key role in the success of administrative reforms in Brazil’s state tax administration bureaus in the 1990s. The success of the reforms strengthened public sector bureaucracies and institutions at all government levels, predominantly in the tax departments. At the state level, the tax administrative reforms comprised complex changes in organizational structure, technology, and institutional arrangements. These reforms resulted in increased tax revenues, tax compliance, and successful restructuring. For the public officials who took part in the process, the reforms meant finding a new identity, and a new mission. As such, this paper explores an alternative mode of getting public sectors officials to commit and own public sector changes.

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    Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number wp2010-119.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2010-119

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    Keywords: tax administrative reform; elites; public sector bureaucrats;

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