Beyond ‘best practice’ and ‘basics first’ in adopting performance budgeting reform
Article first published online: 10 APR 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Public Administration and Development
Special Issue: Bridging Public and Private: Ethics at Work
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 147–161, May 2006
How to Cite
Andrews, M. (2006), Beyond ‘best practice’ and ‘basics first’ in adopting performance budgeting reform. Public Admin. Dev., 26: 147–161. doi: 10.1002/pad.401
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2006
- performance budgeting;
- reform implementation;
- case studies
Performance-based reforms pose a challenge for governments, especially in developing countries. In the 1990s a ‘best practice’ approach characterises such reform, as likely to fail and to introduce risk and instability into governance processes. An intuitive ‘basics first’ approach was suggested instead, whereby governments foster performance-based reforms through first developing ‘budget basics’. The current article analyses experience in seven cases of performance-based reform to examine whether evidence exists to validate this approach. It advises that reformers move beyond ‘best practice’ and ‘basics first’ and design models and reforms around ‘other factors’ influencing progress. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.