Market virtues and public failures : antecedents to public sector reform in the contract state

Nagy, Judy 2003, Market virtues and public failures : antecedents to public sector reform in the contract state, in Proceedings of the Third Accounting History International Conference, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic., pp. 1-29.

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Title Market virtues and public failures : antecedents to public sector reform in the contract state
Author(s) Nagy, Judy
Conference name Accounting History International Conference (3rd : 2003 : Siena, Italy)
Conference location Siena, Italy
Conference dates 17-19 Sep. 2003
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Third Accounting History International Conference
Editor(s) Carnegie, Garry
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 29
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Summary This paper considers the historical factors that have contributed to the pressures for reform in the Australian State of Victoria which proved to be more radical than paths taken by the Commonwealth Government and any other Australian states. As public management in Victoria made tentative steps towards market orientated practices, the inexperienced public officials, together with a mixture of political, economic, administrative and social factors made the government more vulnerable to a perceived need for reform. Australia, like the United Kingdom and New Zealand with which it shares similarities of government structure, commenced the path of reform in a tentative manner with major reforms being implemented by powerful leaders. Powerful reformers were Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom, a group of like minded politicians from Treasury in New Zealand and in the Australian State of Victoria, Jeff Kennett. Each capitalised on a sense of crises to move their reform agenda forward at a rapid pace. Victoria is offered as an illustration of how the past provides a means of understanding why Premier Jeff Kennett was able during the 1990's, to implement public sector reform into Victoria in such a dramatic way.
ISSN 1032-3732
Language eng
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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