New public management reform: now in the Latin American agenda, and yet...

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

International Journal of Political Studies, n.3, September 2001: 143-166. Special issue edited by Hellmutt Wolman on Evaluation New Public Management in the World.

Public management reform is beginning in Latin America, particularly in Chile since 1994, and in Brazil since 1994. Yet, advancements are unsatisfactory, reflecting the low level of governance or political development of the region. Decentralization, control by outcomes, and several mechanisms of social accountability are being used. In Brazil a general theoretical framework was developed. Contrarily to other reforms, public management reform in Latin America did not count with support of World Bank, whose major concerns remained downsizing the state and bureaucratic reform.

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