Governance and Civil Service Systems: From Easy Answers to Hard Questions

  • B. Guy Peters
  • Jon Pierre


Public administration research and teaching over the past several decades have been focused heavily on theorizing and explaining institutional change in civil service systems. It could perhaps be argued that organizational change always has been an important feature of the discipline, with literatures such as organizational development focusing on endogenous sources of change in public organizations. The changes brought about by austerity, New Public Management and the development of governance approaches to public administration, however, pose major new exogenous challenges to the Western civil service systems. This focus on change, both within the civil service and also in its relationship with actors in its environment, has entailed problems of several different kinds.


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