Critical Issues in Cross-National Public Administration: Privatization, Democratization, Decentralization

Critical Issues in Cross-National Public Administration: Privatization, Democratization, Decentralization

Critical Issues in Cross-National Public Administration: Privatization, Democratization, Decentralization

Critical Issues in Cross-National Public Administration: Privatization, Democratization, Decentralization

Synopsis

Leading the problems most critical to government decision makers worldwide are those that derive from privatization, democratization, and decentralization. Dr. Nagel and a panel of academics and practitioners help clarify the ways in which problems traceable to these trends are being handled -- and how they might be handled better -- in light of the goals, experiences, constraints, and other factors affecting participants in world governance. Among the many important features of the book is its interdisciplinary approach and the way it offers African, Asian, Latin American, European, and North American viewpoints. It also combines the perspectives of liberal and conservative ideologies. Cross-national with concrete examples and broad concepts and principles carefully detailed, the book is an important source of background and insight.

Excerpt

Stuart S. Nagel

This volume deals with the most contemporary issues in running a modern government. Those issues include (1) the allocation of authority between the public sector and the private sector, (2) the allocation of authority between the government and the people, and (3) the allocation of authority between the national government and the provincial and local governments. These issues are referred to as the issues of privatization, democratization, and decentralization. A key aspect of this book is to try to provide solutions to these controversies or conflicts of authority in such a way that both sides or all major sides can come out ahead of their best initial expectations. That is referred to as win-win policy. We can now give a brief example from each of the three issues.

PRIVATIZATION

The changes that are occurring in many regions and nations of the world provide an excellent opportunity to apply systematic policy analysis to determining such basic matters as how to organize the economy, the government, and other social institutions. Population control and land reform are highly important problems, but they may not be as basic as reconstituting a society.

Ownership

Figure I.1 analyzes the fundamental issue of socialism versus capitalism in the context of government versus private ownership . . .

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