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Developing better models to understand management reform in Spain

In Public Management Policymaking in Spain: The Politics of Legislative Reform of Administrative Structures, 1991-1997, Raquel Gallego and Michael Barzelay examine the tumultuous process that led to the adoption of two important laws on administration by the Spanish government in 1997.  The article also illustrates a more rigorous way of mapping how policies about public management evolve.  Gallego and Barzelay conclude that key ministers often made decisions that reflected lessons they had drawn from the experience of their predecessors, and well as their relationships with regional political elites.  In early phases of reform, the evolution of policy was often affected strongly by the conduct of top officials; but at later stages, events were heavily shaped by the “flow conditions of politics.”

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May 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm

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