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A Teaching Topic in Strategy and Structure

The Crisis of “Governability” (1970s) and its Effects

This teaching topic discusses the economic and political forces that led to the “crisis of governability” during the 1970s, and examines the schools of thought that influenced the response to that crisis.

Recommended Reading (MPA 874) 

Film: Commanding Heights, Part 2, "The Battle of Ideas". Logic of Discipline, Chapter 1.

Birch, Anthony (1984). "Overload, Ungovernability and Delegitimation." British Journal of Political Science 14(2): 135-160.

Clark, Ian D. (1996). "Global Economic Trends and Pressures on Governments." Canadian Public Administration 39(4): 447-456.

Williamson, John (1990). What Washington Means by Policy Reform. Latin American Adjustment: How Much Has Happened? J. Williamson, Ed. Washington, DC, Institute for International Economics.

Gerber, David (1994). "Constitutionalizing the Economy: German Neo-Liberalism, Competition Law and the 'New' Europe." American Journal of Comparative Law 41(1): 25-84.

Hood, Christopher (1991). "A Public Management for All Seasons?" Public Administration 69(1): 3-20.

Osborne, David (1993). "Reinventing Government." Public Productivity and Management Review 16(4): 349-356.

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