The underpinning assumption of public management in the developing world as a process of planned change is increasingly being recognized as unrealistic. In reality, the practice of development management is characterized by processes of mutual adjustment among individuals, agencies, and interest groups that can constrain behaviour, as well as provide incentives for collaborative action. Paradoxes inevitably emerge in policy network practice and design.

The ability to manage government departments and operations has become less important than the ability to navigate the complex world of interconnected policy implementation processes. Public sector reform policies and programmes, as a consequence, are a study in the complexities of the institutional and environmental context in which these reforms are pursued. Building on theory and practice, this book argues that advancing the theoretical frontlines of development management research and practice can benefit from developing models based on innovation, collaboration and governance.

The themes addressed in Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries will enable public managers in developing countries cope in uncertain and turbulent environments as they seek optimal fits between their institutional goals and environmental contingencies.

part I|36 pages

Conceptual rethink of public sector reforms

chapter |7 pages


Paradoxes of public management reforms in developing countries

chapter 1|13 pages

Public management reform in developing countries

Contradictions and the inclusive state

part II|56 pages

Case studies on participation

chapter 4|16 pages

Collaborative governance in Brazil

Partnerships between governments and non-governmental organizations and their facilitating and restrictive factors

chapter 5|16 pages

Community policing in Tanzania

Experiences and understandings of participation

part III|46 pages

Case studies on decentralization

chapter 6|10 pages

Paradoxes of decentralization in Thailand

Evidence from decentralizing the task of controlling illegal drugs to local governments

chapter 7|19 pages

The political context of decentralization

Reflections on South Asia

chapter 8|15 pages

Towards a managerial state

Turkey’s decentralization reforms under the AKP government

part IV|54 pages

Public sector reforms in developing countries: Prospects and challenges

chapter 10|16 pages

The internationalization of performance management and budgeting

Limitations in the Gulf States

chapter 11|18 pages

Beyond neoliberal public sector reform

A case for a developmental public service in Sub-Saharan Africa

chapter |5 pages


Reflections on the paradoxes of public management reforms in developing countries