Public sector reforms in Fiji: examining policy implementation setting and administrative culture

Mohammad Habibur Rahman, Rafia Naz, Alka Nand

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For many years, public management reform has been an evolving concept. New Public Management (NPM) and Good Governance have been the two ground-breaking ideas, generating colossal discourse over the past three decades. Inspired by NPM-led policy changes in the developed world, many developing countries have lately joined the reform bandwagon but achieved limited success. Policy analysts observe that the policy planners in the developing world seem to have spent more resources in policymaking than addressing the policy implementation challenges. Also, the policy transfer effort ignored the issue of administrative culture. Focusing on Fiji, this article examines how the country's recent public sector reform initiatives have largely failed to bring about expected results. Based on the case studies of two organizations, it explains that the success and failure of policy change occurs in several ways, manifesting multiple challenges including a lack of well-prepared implementation framework and culture change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdministrative Culture in Developing and Transitional Countries
EditorsIshtiaq Jamil, Steinar Askvik, Farhad Hossain
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317597322
ISBN (Print)9781138816398
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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