Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston
The first decade of the new millennium has revealed unprecedented global problems in scale and scope. These include the economic and financial crisis, rapid social and demographic changes, technological advancements, and the global geo-political and governance landscape continuing to exist in a state of change. Nation states that have emerged from autocratic regimes have embraced the principles of democracy and the challenge of reforming government during a transitional period in the new political and socioeconomic ‘order’. Increasingly it may be observed that countries around the globe are embracing democracy and reforming the institutions of the state. This is evident in countries in Africa, the Middle East, South America and Asia, which are removing the vestiges of authoritarian rule. Yet a challenge for transitional as well as advanced democratic polities is to build the institutional, policy and service delivery capacity of a government in order to deal with rapid and increasingly complex policy problems. We live in a world that is experiencing rapid change and, with it, dynamic challenges for governments. As the chapters in this book have illustrated, there have been ebbs of crisis, followed by change and the inevitable and seemingly intractable challenges that these present for government and society in general.
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