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.

Publication date: 18 July 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Through detailed case studies of decentralisation policies in five sub-Saharan African countries – Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania – this book examines the challenges presented, lessons learned, and recommends ways to improve policy implementation.

Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Number within series: 3
Publication date: 14 July 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This topic guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing and evaluating decentralisation reforms and local government practices to ensure they are as effective as possible. It includes summaries of key texts and provides links to cutting edge research and recent case studies.

Series title: Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement Series
Number within series: 18
Publication date: 5 July 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the ‘new public management’ programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Series title: Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement Series
Number within series: 17
Publication date: 9 May 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the new public management programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia.

Series title: Managing the Public Service: Strategies for Improvement Series
Number within series: 16
Publication date: 1 November 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the new public management programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia.

Contributor: H K Yong
Publication date: 15 September 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

A comprehensive reference guide on Public-Private Partnerships theory and practice for senior policy-makers and other public sector officials in developing countries. The guide focuses on the key lessons learned - and emerging best practice - from successful and failed PPP transactions over the past thirty years.

Contributor: Munawwar Alam
Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Publication date: 1 February 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Presents an overview of the municipal finances and the extent of private sector involvement in the delivery of municipal services in selected Commonwealth developing countries. This title examines four cities: Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Kampala in Uganda, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Karachi in Pakistan.

Publication date: 1 July 2008
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Looks at the obstacles facing developing countries and what lessons they can learn from developed countries' approach towards e-government. This book reviews some of the considerations involved for implementing e-governance and e-government. It also includes examples of working plans for implementing e-government in Barbados, Belize, and Cyprus.

Series title: Commonwealth Secretariat Local Government Reform Series
Publication date: 1 June 2008
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Explores how fiscal decentralisation takes place alongside administrative decentralisation. This book considers the revenue sources available, systems of intergovernmental transfers between central and local government, and the procedures necessary to ensure that local governments use their financial resources appropriately.

Publication date: 1 February 2008
Format: Paperback

Explores the experience of two states, Cyprus and Malta that pioneered the electronic delivery of public services. This book outlines the concerns associated with e-governance, including a synopsis of issues and experiences, and a comparison of e-governance efforts in Cyprus and Malta. It is intended for senior policy-makers in government.

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