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Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries: Capacity Challenges to Improve Services

This book critically examines some of the most topical and challenging issues confronting the public sector in developing countries in an era of globalization. The contributors examine the potential and limits of managerial, fiscal and decentralization reforms and highlight cases where selective use of some of the new management reforms has delivered positive results. Looking into the future, the book provides lessons from the experience of implementing public sector reforms in developing countries.

Introduction, Y. Bangura and G.A. Larbi
Part I: Managerial Reform
Applying the New Public Management in Developing Countries, G.A. Larbi
Elusive Public Sector Reform in East and Southern Africa, O. Therkildsen
Public Sector Management Reform in Latin America, A. Nickson
Capacity to Deliver? Management, Institutions and Public Services in Developing Countries, R. Batley and G.A. Larbi
Part II: Fiscal Reform
Fiscal and Capacity Building Reform, Y. Bangura
Employment and Pay Reform in Developing and Transition Societies, W. McCourt
Part III: Decentralization Reform
Fiscal Decentralization in Developing Countries: Theory and Practice, P. Smoke
Decentralization Policies and Practices Under Adjustment and Democratization in Africa, D. Olowu
Public-Private Partnerships and Pro-Poor Development: The Experience of the Cordoba Water Concession in Argentina, A. Nickson
Conclusion: Public Sector Reform; What are the Lessons of Experience? G.A. Larbi and Y. Bangura

Yusuf Bangura is Research Coordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, Switzerland. George A. Larbi is Senior Lecturer in Public Sector Management and Governance in the International Development Department of the School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, UK.
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  • Pub. Date: 1 Jan 2006
    Pub. Place: Houndmills
    ISBN: 1-4039-8771-8
    Type: Hardback
    From: Palgrave