After reform : Accommodating old values and assimilating new ones

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-78
Journal / PublicationAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


Public administration is characterised by a multiplicity of incompatible values. In the 1990s, reformers avoided confronting the inevitable tradeoffs among these values by focusing almost exclusively on the cost-effective achievement of results. However, older values have a tendency to 'bite back' and new ones emerge. In the near term future, public administration will have to deal with at least three sets of values: 1) those that are non-mission based, and consequently not directly related to achieving results; 2) those that go unprotected when government work is outsourced to private entities; and 3) those associated with globalisation. © 2008 National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

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  • Contracting, Globalisation, Public administration values