Staff Participation and Public Management Reform

Some International Comparisons

  • David Farnham
  • Annie Hondeghem
  • Sylvia Horton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Farnham, Annie Hondeghem, Sylvia Horton
      Pages 3-26
    3. David Farnham, Annie Hondeghem, Sylvia Horton
      Pages 27-53
    4. David Farnham, Annie Hondeghem, Sylvia Horton
      Pages 54-79
  3. Country Studies

  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. David Farnham, Annie Hondeghem, Sylvia Horton
      Pages 263-297
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 298-339

About this book


This book explores the role of civil servants and their trade unions in the public management reform process, framing it in its economic, social, cultural and legal contexts. Building on neo-institutional and stakeholder theories, the book shows how staff and their representative organisations have influenced the formulation and implementation of public management reforms in twelve OECD countries. This study challenges top-down elite theories that have dominated the existing literature, explaining how staff participation practices, both direct and indirect, have impacted on the implementation of reforms in different ways in different countries. The book concludes that variations in staff participation in the reform process depend upon institutional and political factors and the distribution of power in the employment relationship.


management methods public management Public Services reforms

Authors and affiliations

  • David Farnham
    • 1
    • 2
  • Annie Hondeghem
    • 3
  • Sylvia Horton
    • 4
  1. 1.University of PortsmouthEngland
  2. 2.Universities of Greenwich and East LondonEngland
  3. 3.Public Management InstituteCatholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  4. 4.School of Social, Historical and Literary StudiesUniversity of PortsmouthEngland

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