REFORMING THE MALAWIAN PUBLIC SECTOR Retrospectives and Prospectives


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Reforming the Malawian Public Sector argues that the new public management model that Malawi, like most African countries, adopted under the influence of donor organisations has not led to the intended development. The book examines decentralisation, performance contracting, and public-private partnerships as key aspects of the reforms and comes to the conclusion that at best, it can be argued that the failures have been due to poor implementation and this could be attributed to the fact that the process was led by donors who lacked the necessary institutional infrastructure. The book uses the 2005/6 fertiliser subsidy programme, which the government embarked on despite donor resistance that it went against market models, but which turned out to be overwhelmingly successful to demonstrate the stateís developmental ability and potential.

This volume is essential reading for academics, students, and practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of public administration, management, policy, development and governance in Africa and the rest of the developing world.

The book is dedicated to the memory Guy Mhone, a Malawian, who was among Africaís leading scholars in public administration and governance. His works focused mainly on public sector reforms and development.

Richard I. C. Tambulasi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and Administrative Studies, Chancellor College, University of Malawi. He has published over 16 articles in international journals. He has also contributed chapters to some books in his field. One of his journal articles entitled “Who is Fooling Who?: New Public Management–Oriented Management Accounting and Political Control in the Malawi’s Local Governance” which appeared in the 2007 Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, won the 2008 Highly Recommended Paper Emerald Awards for Excellence.

ISBN: 978 286978 314 0


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