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Administrative Reform in the Federal Government: Understanding the Search for Private Sector Management Models – An Annotated Bibliography

Author: DOUGLAS A. BROOK
Published in PAM, Vol. 7 No. 2

Administrative reform movements in American government are often
characterized by the idea that government can or should be run like a
business. This has resulted in repeated efforts to apply private sector business
management practices to public administration. These reforms appear to
assume that private and public organizations are similar and that management
is generic. The literature included in this annotated bibliography contains
comparisons of public and private organizations and examinations of the
sectoral transferability of management practices. The bibliography also
explores some current themes in public and private management reform where
private sector practices are often suggested for the public sector: personnel
administration and financial management. It also includes a section on
privatization – private sector organizations performing public sector work.

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