Beyond the 'Inherited Model': Public Service Bargains in the Commonwealth Caribbean
Lindsay James Stirton
University of Sheffield - Law School
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
Social and Economic Studies, Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 43-67, 2009
This article pays tribute to Professor Edwin Jones, the preeminent scholar of public administration and executive government in the Caribbean. We examine Jones' work through the lens of "public service bargains," the mainly implicit understandings between public servants, politicians, and civil society which underpin the workings of the executive. After demonstrating how such a perspective complements Jones' scholarship, we examine three dominant administrative reform paradigms, "the managerialist state," "the regulatory state" and "the governance state." In doing so we demonstrate how Jones' work continues to offer a research programme for public administration in the Caribbean.
Keywords: Jamaica, Public Service Bargains, Commonwealth Caribbean, Public Administration, Executive Government
JEL Classification: D73, H70Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 20, 2011
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