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Public Sector Management Reform: Toward a Problem-Solving Approach


  • Blum, Jurgen

    () (World Bank)


ÒWhat will it take?Ó World Bank President Jim Kim has reinvigorated debate on how the development community can better achieve its mission to reduce poverty. As President Kim has highlighted in his address at the World Bank and International Monetary FundÕs (IMF) annual meetings, there is an Òurgent need for a science of delivery in developmentÓÑ to tackle the tough question of how to bridge the gap between designing good projects or policies and implementing them. This challenge lies at the heart of strengthening client countriesÕ public sector institutions. In the long term, it is client governments and their public administrations, not the development community, that must deliverÑthat is, provide quality services to citizens, effectively manage infrastructure and other public investments, regulate social and economic behavior, set sector policy objectives, and maintain fiscal and institutional sustainability. How governments manageÑ how they collect taxes, prepare budgets, and motivate civil servantsÑis therefore crucial for development outcomes.

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  • Blum, Jurgen, 2012. "Public Sector Management Reform: Toward a Problem-Solving Approach," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 100, pages 1-9, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep100

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    Cited by:

    1. Matt Andrews & Nick Fanning, 2015. "Mapping Peer Learning Initiatives in Public Sector Reforms in Development," CID Working Papers 298, Center for International Development at Harvard University.
    2. Hoey, Lesli, 2017. "Reclaiming the Authority to Plan: How the Legacy of Structural Adjustment Affected Bolivia’s Effort to Recentralize Nutrition Planning," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 100-112.
    3. repec:wsi:jicepx:v:06:y:2015:i:01:n:s1793993315500052 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Roseth, Benjamin & Srivastava, Vivek, 2013. "Engaging for results in civil service reforms : early lessons from a problem-driven engagement in Sierra Leone," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6458, The World Bank.
    5. repec:blg:reveco:v:69:y:2017:i:2:p:39-50 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Nick Manning & Joanna Watkins, 2013. "Targeting Results, Diagnosing the Means," World Bank Other Operational Studies 25488, The World Bank.

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    JEL classification:

    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General


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