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- DescriptionWhat is administrative reform? How is it differentiated from other kinds of social reform? Who are administrative reformers and how do they approach their task? And who benefits and who suffers from it? Does a theory of administrative reform exist? A survey of published research on administrative reform reveals that satisfactory answers to these questions are handicapped by methodological and theoretical shortcomings. There are common definitions, agreement over content, selected boundaries, clear links with the wide phemen of social reform, firm hypothesis tested by empirical findings, and continuous dialogue between practitioners and theorists. This book is the first comprehensive and systematic treatment of the subject for professionals and students in the fields of public and private administration. It carefully examines the diverse interdisciplinary literature on the subject and identifies and develops the most promising approaches towards a unified theory. Caiden shows how the study of administrative reform can contribute substantially to the development of administrative theory, and constructs a working definition of the phemen of administrative reform, distinguishing it from social change and from administrative change. The practical use of this definition is tested by the analysis of various case histories of administrative cultures of different periods in history, from which a common cycle of reform processes is discerned. The author follows with a detailed examination of the processes themselves. The book concludes with a discussion of the obstacles to reform and a review of the author's findings and conclusions.
- Author BiographyGerald Caiden was born in London in 1936 and studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained his doctorate in comparative government. He has taught at The Australian National University, Canberra, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is currently professor at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California. Professor Caiden has conducted fieldwork in comparative public administration in Canada, Australia, India and Israel. He is also a member of the U.N. Panel of Experts in Public Administration and Development and has been since 1994.
- Author(s)Gerald E. Caiden
- PublisherTransaction Publishers
- Date of Publication30/05/2007
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationSomerset
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementNew edition
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