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Can Public Management Contribute to Governance in Developing Countries?

Ahmed Huque ()

Public Organization Review, 2013, vol. 13, issue 4, 397-409

Abstract: Governance ensures a wide range of desirable values including efficiency, productivity, participation, transparency, and accountability. The wide scope and overambitious demands of governance make it difficult to conceptualize and operationalize. Despite huge investments in time and resources, developing countries seldom succeed in establishing good governance. Based on the experience of Hong Kong, this article argues that many of the desired values of governance can be attained through effective design and the implementation of public management reforms. Public management cannot serve as an alternative for governance, but reforms in this area can help update and adjust institutional structures, processes, and practices in developing countries; they help to ensure the benefits of the desired values of governance without undertaking enormous risks. However, the size of a country and the nature of its political system will influence the degree of success in establishing governance. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Keywords: Governance; Public management; Reform; Hong Kong (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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