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The global revolution in public management: Driving themes, missing links


  • Donald F. Kettl

    (LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin, 1225 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706)


Since the late 1970s, a truly remarkable revolution has swept public management around the world. Understanding this revolution means sorting through three issues: the basic ideas of reform; the connections between the reforms and governmental processes, like budgeting and personnel; and the links between these processes and governance. These reforms have proven surprisingly productive but, in the process, they have raised a new generation of fundamentally important issues that have been largely unexplored.

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  • Donald F. Kettl, 1997. "The global revolution in public management: Driving themes, missing links," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(3), pages 446-462.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:16:y:1997:i:3:p:446-462 DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6688(199722)16:3<446::AID-PAM5>3.0.CO;2-H

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    2. Cioclea, Alexandra Ema, 2011. "Critical considerations on defining and measuring performance in public organizations," MPRA Paper 33642, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Madalina Elena MIHAILESCU, 2015. "Public Service in Age of Globalization," Economics and Applied Informatics, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 1, pages 35-42.
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    6. Caroline Stiel, 2017. "Modern Public Enterprises: Organisational Innovation and Productivity," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1713, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    9. Jens Steffek, 2008. "Public Accountability and the Public Sphere of International Governance," RECON Online Working Papers Series 3, RECON.

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