A Research Agenda for Public Administration
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A Research Agenda for Public Administration

Edited by Andrew Massey

This book addresses salient current issues in public administration research. It seeks to suggest where future research may or indeed ought to be focussed. To advocate the future routes for the development of research, this book is divided into themes, with a clear overlap between different approaches. The book has contributions that will assist students of public administration/public sector management and public policy, especially new PhD students, but will also be a useful resource for more established researchers to understand the major emerging issues within the field.
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Chapter 12: Comparative public administration and administrative reforms

Sabine Kuhlmann


This chapter provides an overview of significant research issues in comparative public administration and suggests future research themes and topics. The focus of the chapter is on four areas of academic interest over the last few years and includes: the context of reform for the administrative systems and the conditions of reform; public sector reforms per se; reform of civil service systems and the politicization of the public sector; and multi-level governance including local government. The chapter suggests a series of areas for research including in sub-fields of public administration in order to ensure there is an advance in understanding these fields in ways that can have a real-world impact as well as developing theoretical models.

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