Translating Theoretical Ideas into Modern State Reform

Author(s): Aberbach, Joel D; Christensen, Tom

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Abstract Reform ideas inspired by the new institutional economics have swept the world. This article examines three perspectives on organizing government and civil service. The individual-economic model draws on market theories. It emphasizes institutional arrangements designed to harness individual self-interest to achieve overall efficiency. The collectivist model stresses a centralized state, collective goals, and cultural integration. The pluralist model celebrates a vital group life and sees heterogeneous interests as properly reflected in a public sector characterized by institutional variety. We analyze the three as guides to reform, with emphasis on the individual-economic model, and argue that each applies best under certain conditions.
Publication Title Administration & Society
Publisher Sage Publications
Publication Date 11/2003
URIs http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=SerialsSolutions&SrcApp=Summon&KeyUT=000185878900001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=WOS
Keywords Administration
Analysis
Civil Service
Civil service
Collectivism
Economic Models
Evaluation
GOVERNMENT
Governance
Individualism
Institutional economics
Institutionalism
Institutions
Models
New institutional economics
ORGANIZATION
Organization theory
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
Pluralism
Political Science
Political reform
Public administration
Rationality
Reform
Sociology
administration
article
governance
new institutional economics
rationality
reform
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