BROOKINGS July 6, 2012
Brookings Institution Press
Reforming the Public Sector Giovanni Tria and Giovanni Valotti, editors
As European nations embrace austerity measures, the environment in which governments operate has become increasingly unstable, calling for greater flexibility on the part of bureaucrats and administrators in the public sector.
To that end, Reforming the Public Sector: How to Achieve Better Transparency, Service, and Leadership examines broad areas of the modernization of the public sector in European countries and the ways public managers can use challenges—such as limited public resources, decreased efficiency, poor accountability, and low levels of public service motivation—as a framework to extend their own reform agendas.
Using the past thirty years of public management reform as a touchstone, a cast of experts explains the principles that underpin ongoing reforms in the public sector, provide the community practitioners with a scientific understanding of the main issues at state in the reform processes, and identify the roadmap for public management. Preview a sample chapter and purchase Reforming the Public Sector »
In The Arab Awakening: America and the Transformation of the Middle East, Daniel Byman described the toppling of Egypt’s monolithic dictatorship. Now, Byman and Zack Gold examine the country’s future in an article for The National Interest, from the recent election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi to the success of the Salafi Islamist bloc—which won nearly a quarter of the parliamentary seats in the new People’s Assembly.
The authors caution that the Salafi party’s inconsistent stance on democracy and its uncertain view of the United States may make U.S. engagement with the Salafi political parties tricky. In The Arab Awakening, Byman and others paint a robust picture of a region that is without democratic models, but yet has taken steps toward democratization. Preview a sample chapter and purchase The Arab Awakening »
On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ended months of deliberation and public speculation with its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. In The New Republic and NPR, Jeffrey Rosen, coauthor of Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change, weighs in on Chief Justice John Roberts’s pivotal vote.
Rosen argues that Roberts wanted to maintain the court’s bipartisan spirit and emphasize institutional legitimacy. Given this perceived need to maintain past legal traditions, the authors of Constitution 3.0 shift focus to forecast adapting constitutional law in the face of technological change. Legal analysts and scholars identify how core legal values will need to be applied under new contexts with developments such as internationally networked computers, gene design, and brain-scan technologies. Preview a sample chapter and purchase Constitution 3.0 »

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