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Understanding the Public Sector: The Significance of Size and Complexity?

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The public sector and public administration can be analysed in any number of ways. This article examines the utility of two important variables -- size and complexity -- for understanding contemporary governance. These variables have been used by both scholars and popular commentators, and they do help to understand, by comparing across countries and policy areas, how the public sector functions. Although both variables are significant, complexity appears to be more important as a means of understanding the public sector.

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  • B Guy Peters, 2006. "Understanding the Public Sector: The Significance of Size and Complexity?," Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(2), pages 99-116, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rapaxx:v:28:y:2006:i:2:p:99-116
    DOI: 10.1080/23276665.2006.10779318
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