Fiscal cutbacks, the public's declining confidence in government, and new ideologies are forcing the public sector in industrialized democracies to undertake major reforms. In these essays contributing authors examine changes to the political and economic environment and the ways in which governments have responded. The essays explain what is happening in government in the late twentieth century and suggest changes that can be expected in the future.
B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.Donald J. Savoie is Clement Cormier Chair in Economic Development, Canadian Institute for Research on Regional Development, Université de Moncton.