This article is based on a paper presented at the annual conference of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, at the University of Aberdeen in April 1987. The author wishes to thank, among others, Geoff Butcher, Angus Macintyre, Keith Jackson, and Reg Mascarenhas for their comments and generous assistance.
TRANSFORMING NEW ZEALAND'S PUBLIC SECTOR: LABOUR'S QUEST FOR IMPROVED EFFICIENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Article first published online: 3 APR 2007
Volume 65, Issue 4, pages 423–442, December 1987
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BOSTON, J. (1987), TRANSFORMING NEW ZEALAND'S PUBLIC SECTOR: LABOUR'S QUEST FOR IMPROVED EFFICIENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. Public Administration, 65: 423–442. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.1987.tb00673.x
- Issue published online: 3 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2007
Since its election in July 1984 the fourth Labour government in New Zealand has embarked upon the most radical and systematic reorganization of the state sector since the creation of a unified, non-partisan, career-oriented service in 1912. The reforms include the commercialization of many of the goods and services provided by state agencies, the turning of public trading enterprises into corporations, major administrative changes and the overhauling of state pay-fixing arrangements. This article examines the theoretical assumptions underpinning Labour's strategy and assesses the extent to which the new arrangements are likely to achieve their intended purpose of improving the efficiency, flexibility and accountability of the public sector.