Performance Accountability and Combating Corruption

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Efficiency, Integrity, and
Capacity: An Expanded
Agenda for Public
Management?

WILLY MCCOURT

This chapter reverses the conventional order of discussion by looking first at what makes policy makers and stakeholders committed to public management reforms. It then reviews some models of reform, illustrating them with empirical examples and discussing what might be involved in introducing any of these models in any particular country. The chapter then identifies the conditions necessary for reform to flourish and reviews three major approaches to public management reform that have been taken since the late 1950s and early 1960s, approaches that can be labeled efficiency, integrity, and capacity. While the emphasis is on the first two, which have attracted the most attention over the past 20 years, the chapter suggests that all three approaches are possible orientations for governments to adopt, depending on their circumstances and political priorities.1 The chapter then considers some issues involved in introducing and sequencing public management reforms before providing a brief conclusion.

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