Public administration and governance

The Commonwealth advances good governance by helping members to build public service capacity, strengthen their public institutions and improve service delivery. Research in this area includes decentralisation, local government reform, legislation and financing, e-governance, public expenditure management, public–private partnerships and promoting good governance.

Contributor: S. K. Rao
Publication date: 1 January 2004
Format: Paperback

The Group was chaired by the Hon Dr Manmohan Singh, the current Prime Minister of India. This paper was written as a background note for the Expert Group (immediately prior to the first meeting) and as such it was very important in clarifying some of the major themes which were discussed in the deliberations of the Group.

Publication date: 1 January 2002
Format: Paperback

This is an update to the 1996 portfolio and continues to provide a framework for building and sustaining effective public service organisations, based on current good practice and the wide experience of senior public sector managers throughout the Commonwealth.

Contributor: Victor Ayeni
Series title: Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement Series
Publication date: 1 January 2001
Format: Paperback

A country-by-country synopsis of the public sector reform programmes in 40 Commonwealth developing countries, with a profile of each country and an outline of the reform initiatives, implementation processes, achievements and problems encountered.

Contributor: Victor Ayeni
Series title: Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement
Publication date: 1 January 2001
Format: Paperback

This publication explores some of these recent strategies based on Commonwealth best practice. It presents, among other things, guidelines on developing clients’ charters, setting appropriate standards for public services, and meeting the expectations of the socially deprived.

Contributor: Sam Agere
Series title: Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement Series
Publication date: 1 January 2000
Format: Paperback

This book aims to show that a strong and achieving public service is a necessary condition for a competitively successful nation. The concept of good governance is linked with institutionalised values such as democracy, observance of human rights and greater effectiveness of the public sector.

Publication date: 1 January 2000
Format: Paperback

This book presents A Framework for Commonwealth Principles for Promoting Good Governance and Combating Corruption, endorsed by Heads of Government in Durban in 1999. It presents the expert group's findings, examining the nature of corruption and proposing actions at national and international level.

Contributor: Sam Agere, Noella Jorm
Series title: Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement Series
Publication date: 1 January 2000
Format: Paperback

This is an examination of the ways and means of designing performance appraisal systems as a result of the public sector reforms taking place in many Commonwealth countries. It looks at ways of designing and institutionalizing performance management measures.

Contributor: Sam Agere
Series title: Managing the Public Service Strategies for Improvement Series
Number within series: 10
Publication date: 1 January 1999
Format: Paperback

A study of the functional relationship between ministers and permanent secretaries. It highlights the problems they face in the management and reform of the public service and redefines their role and responsibilities. Includes case studies of Britain, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Series title: Managing the Public Service Strategies for Improvement Series
Publication date: 1 January 1996
Format: Paperback

This publication examines the difficulties countries encounter when they retain a centralised model of personnel management in the public service, which can cause strained relationships between the key actors involved.

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