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volume 24 number 4

 

 

2002

  • Understanding National Administrative Styles and Their Impact Upon Administrative Reform: A Neo-Institutional Model and Analysis (Adobe PDF Document 294Kb)
    Michael Howlett

    Abstract:
    Students of organizational behaviour have always been concerned with understanding the manner in which complex organizations – including systems of public administration – tend to have distinctive organizational cultures and the impact these cultures have upon their activities and outputs, including their prospects for reform. Recently, neoinstitutional accounts of social and political life have provided a new entry point to the analysis of administrative cultures and administrative reform. For neo-institutionalists, the institutional structure of an organization is seen as creating a distinct pattern of constraints and incentives for state and societal actors which define and structure actor’s interests and channel their behaviour. The interaction