The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance
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The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance

Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston

The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance is a ground-breaking volume with eminent scholars addressing the key questions in relation to how international governments can solve public administration and governance challenges in an increasingly globalized world. With international coverage across Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, the authors adopt contemporary perspectives of governance, including public policy capacity, wicked policy problems, public sector reforms, the challenges of globalisation and managing complexity. Practitioners and scholars of public administration, public policy and public sector management will be better informed with regard to the issues and structures of government and governance in an increasingly complex world.
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Chapter 11: Public administration in Latin America: adaptation to a new democratic reality

Guillermo M. Cejudo


In recent decades, Latin America has experienced drastic changes in its political landscape: countries in the region have moved from authoritarian rule to democracy, and in the process have transformed their public sector to respond to this new reality. However, each country has responded differently to these processes: whereas some countries have gained institutional capacity and administrative sophistication, others remain unresponsive and ineffectual. This chapter offers an analysis of these changes and an explanation for the different trajectories. In doing so, it addresses contemporary debates on trajectories of public sector reform, on administrative capacity building in developing countries and on the sources of change and continuity in the public sector.

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