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Examines the concept of “empowerment”, and its implications for public sector management. Argues that it is not a single concept, but rather a cluster of concepts. Offers a typology of the different approaches to empowerment contained within this cluster, and details the issues that these raise...
A survey of Scottish local government IT managers confirms the existence of systems allowing modern decision support systems (DSS) to be successfully exploited. Extensive in‐house software exists across departmental functions indicating significant internal expertise. IT use is inversely related...
Municipal or local governments worldwide are poorly prepared for the vast changes taking place in human resource management (HRM). Most aspects of organizational life are being transformed, and a strategy, that local governments can follow to avoid becoming a “backwater”, that will cease to...
Headlines on all levels of government speak of the pending crisis in public sector services: expect to pay more for less. Budget deficit, once only a concern of the federal level, is a worry in state capitals and municipalities. Additionally, an ever‐looming question at this time of economic...
State intervention is needed to dismantle the protective regime of “government failure” and expose the developing economies to the new rigour of global competition and technological advancement. In addition to standing the test of welfare consequences, a developing country′s agenda for...
Most analytical techniques assign no weight to political factors even though they may have the strongest explanatory power of all variables considered. As they are generally practised, these techniques have the extraordinary deficiency of obscuring the problem of conflict of multiple interests....
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