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Developing better models to understand management reform in Spain

In Public Management Policymaking in Spain: The Politics of Legislative Reform of Administrative Structures, 1991-1997, Raquel Gallego and Michael Barzelay examine the tumultuous process that led to the adoption of two important laws on administration by the Spanish government in 1997.  The article also illustrates a more rigorous way of mapping how policies about public management evolve.  Gallego and Barzelay conclude that key ministers often made decisions that reflected lessons they had drawn from the experience of their predecessors, and well as their relationships with regional political elites.  In early phases of reform, the evolution of policy was often affected strongly by the conduct of top officials; but at later stages, events were heavily shaped by the “flow conditions of politics.”

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May 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Questioning assumptions about Italy’s governmental traditions

In the current issue of Governance (23.2), Valentina Mele of Bocconi University challenges the widely held view that Italy’s legalistic administrative tradition suppresses reform.  The reality, she says, is more complicated.  Mele tracks a prolonged effort to promote government innovation that actually succeeded in “normalizing” novel management policies and practices.  Policy entrepreneurs created space for reform by first ensuring that older traditions “were actively discredited.”  Mele says the case study illustrates why there is a need for closer attention to the social mechanisms that guide change even in politically unstable contexts.  Read more: Innovation Policy in Italy (1993-2002): Understanding the Invention and Persistence of a Public Management Reform.

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May 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Explaining a watershed moment in French public management reform

Anne CorbettA watershed in public management reform in France was crossed in 2001 with the adoption of new legislation for the planning and control of public expenditure. In the current issue of Governance (23.2), Anne Corbett provides an original account of the process that led to adoption of the Organic Law on Laws of Finance, or LOLF — an outcome that many of the players involved considered “miraculous.”  Corbett says that the case study reinforces the view that “political leadership and policy entrepreneurship are important characteristics” of key episodes in reform.   Read more: Public Management Policymaking in France: Legislating the Organic Law on Laws of Finance (LOLF), 1998-2001.

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May 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm