Edited by Godfrey Baldacchino and Anders Wivel
Small states have to live with a number of ‘governance paradoxes’ that derive specifically from their size and lead to unavoidable trade-offs in choosing appropriate response measures. This chapter seeks to unpack the constraints and opportunities that result from a relatively small population size, and including the small size of the public administration. It offers a rare but systematic overview of the core characteristics of small state public administrations, the limitations and opportunities that accompany them, and their impact on small state governance. The discussion focuses on the five core components of public administration systems that have been at the centre of public management reforms in the last decades: budgetary systems, personnel systems, public sector organization, performance measurement, and openness and transparency.
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