Public Administration Reforms in Europe
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Public Administration Reforms in Europe

The View from the Top

Edited by Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van de Walle, Rhys Andrews and Philippe Bezes

Based on a survey of more than 6700 top civil servants in 17 European countries, this book explores the impacts of New Public Management (NPM)-style reforms in Europe from a uniquely comparative perspective. It examines and analyses empirical findings regarding the dynamics, major trends and tools of administrative reforms, with special focus on the diversity of top executives’ perceptions about the effects of those reforms.
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Chapter 19: The slow pace of public administration reform in Spain

José M. Alonso, Judith Clifton and Daniel Díaz-Fuentes


This chapter examines the COCOPS survey on public administration managers for Spain. Spain seems to be a unique case among the rest of the COCOPS countries since it is the only one where more public managers perceive the public administration system has worsened than those who perceive it has improved over the past five years, particularly as regards social cohesion and citizen participation. We argue the slow implementation of public administration reform, the radical austerity policies implemented by the government since the crisis, and a change of government may help explain why it is that Spanish public managers perceive much reform to be ineffectual or slow in coming.

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