Cuts and Reforms – Public Services As We Move into a New Era by Christopher Pollitt

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Christopher Pollitt – Biography

BOF/ZAP Research Professor of Public Management

Public Management Institute

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Christopher.Pollitt@soc.kuleuven.be

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CUTS AND REFORMS – PUBLIC SERVICES AS WE MOVE INTO A NEW ERA

1. Introduction

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.