administrative reform


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bids, public services and short stories

Posted by publicadminreform on June 30, 2011 at 7:22 AM Comments comments (6)

I'm blogging here because there seems a technical problem with my normal site - and I hate to disappoint my readers - who I hope have the gumption to try here after they notice the abnormal gap in posting. I'v e been working for thr last week or so on a bid for a project. I hate this stage when one is trying to construct a convincing statement about HOW one would carry out the various required activities of a project. I don’t find writing difficult – I’ve h...

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Euro-Sino dialogue on administative reform - a contribution

Posted by publicadminreform on January 18, 2011 at 1:36 AM Comments comments (0)

I have justed uploaded a 35 page paper relating to the current Chinese effort at administrative reform - and the lessons from the last 35 years or so of Western work in this field. Replete with 71 footnotes and a similar number of directly accessdible googlebooks and internet papers. A unique effort - even if I say so myself - if noone blows a trumpet on my behalf (except Tom Gallagher!), then I have to do so myself!  Exactly a year ago to the minute...

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another paper

Posted by publicadminreform on January 13, 2011 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I've added another paper to Key Papers!

It's actually a Briefing Note for anyone engaged in dialogue with the Chinese about public admin reform. It starts with nine impressions of Chinese public services - hopefully striking the right critical balance.  

An annotated list of books follows; and, finally, links to googlebooks, websites, blogs and articles which give useful insights into such things as selection procedures for cadres and Provincial ...

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new papers uploaded

Posted by publicadminreform on January 10, 2011 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A good new year to the thousands of my viewers!!

I've uploaded some new papers in the last few years - Just Words? - an ongoing project about the dangers of the managerial vocabulary in use by consultants and managers in the public sector.

And Lost in Beijing - a frank assessment of how Beijing and a contractor's style combined a year ago to alienation and quick resignation. In the 100 billion plus euro a year world of the global co...

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too busy blogging

Posted by publicadminreform on December 12, 2010 at 4:27 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry for the absence of any activity on this site - but please look at my (almost) dialy blog -

back again

Posted by publicadminreform on July 4, 2010 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ii looks as if the system will now allow me to make new entries - after my 10,000 km tour around Europe. Let's see.....

system no longer allows me to blog here - go to other blog

Posted by publicadminreform on April 1, 2010 at 5:39 PM Comments comments (2)

I can edit the new post the site controllers have made - but whenever I click "new post" it asks me again for my identity and password which starts a circular process which doesn't get me to a new edit.

Please therefore go to for my blogging. And note that I have been able to upload several new papers to "key papers" in the past few days.


March 31 2010 - system doesn't allow me to make new entry

Posted by publicadminreform on December 11, 2009 at 5:41 AM Comments comments (1)

Yesterday I was still collating what I consider are key references for my briefing note on public management reform efforts (in Europe) and beginning to give some thought to the sort of structure my note will need.

First, however, I need to reread the “seminal accounts” – which, despite the large number of academic titles on comparative work in this field, are fairly small in number since most academic overviews which purport to be comparative actually fall into one o...

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innovation etc

Posted by publicadminreform on December 10, 2009 at 3:33 AM Comments comments (0)

My focus at the moment is a rather challenging assignment in China. Subject to final medical and visa clearance, I depart in 5 weeks and have now started to think myself into the task. I have first to prepare a “Baseline study” on the state of public administration reform there – imagine!! And, as part of that, to draft various briefing papers on the lessons from the countless initiatives of European states in this area eg performance and quality management.

I want to...

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are human resources people?

Posted by publicadminreform on December 8, 2009 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve mentioned already the inestimable, little bombshell called Scottish Review which pops 2-3 times a week into my electronic letterbox. It’s been demonstrating the critical skills which the mainline media have lost by conducting in recent months a simple and one-man campaign to make senior executive pay in Scottish public Agencies and public bodies (such as Health Boards) more transparent and has scored several palpable hits. More of that in a minute.

Today’s issue ...

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