Original Paper

Public Organization Review

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 361-371

First online:

Reforming Public Administration in Southeast Asia: Trends and Impacts

  • M. Shamsul HaqueAffiliated withDepartment of Political Science, National University of Singapore Email author 

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In Southeast Asia, the recent two decades have witnessed major theoretical, structural, functional, and ethical reforms in the administrative system. In the region, the state-centric mode of public administration that emerged during the colonial and postcolonial periods, has recently been transformed into a businesslike public management in line with the current global movement for such a transition. This article examines the trends of administrative changes in countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It also briefly evaluates the critical impacts of these recent changes on the systems of public administration the conditions of citizens and societies in the region.

Key words

public service reform current trend major impact Southeast Asia