Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

Progress in Development Studies

Volume

12

Issue

2 & 3

First Page

131

Last Page

151

DOI

10.1177/146499341101200304

Abstract

Reforming Africa’s public sector has been on the agenda of African governments and their development partners for decades yet the problem persists. This failure can be attributed to two related factors: solutions to the “African public sector problem” have been dictated by external interests; and the policies have ignored the experiences of organizations within those countries. This paper contributes to the search for effective reform policies by making the case for inclusion of the experiences of organizations within each country. Using the concept of organizational culture as a framework, I propose an approach based on the following claims: in every country there are some public organizations that perform relatively well, given their constraints; there is the need to understand why and how there are poor and good performing organizations within the same country; and information from such analysis should form the basis of public sector reform policies. The applicability of the approach is demonstrated with a study of Ghana.

Comments

This manuscript is an article from Progress in Development Studies 12(2&3) 2012: 135-151. doi: 10.1177/146499341101200304. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Sage Journals

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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