Christopher Pollitt – Biography
BOF/ZAP Research Professor of Public Management
Public Management Institute
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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CUTS AND REFORMS – PUBLIC SERVICES AS WE MOVE INTO A NEW ERA
The global economic downturn has plunged most countries and their governments into a new era – one of public spending cutbacks and austerity. Yet at the same time the pressures for reform and improvement are no less than they were before – indeed, there are reasons to believe that these pressures may become even more intense. In this paper I will offer a brief overview of how this collision between the demands for cutbacks and the demands for better services may evolve. I chose my verb carefully here – that the collision can be resolved is far from certain, that it will evolve is inevitable.