Title Alternative Paths to Public Financial Management and Public Sector Reform
Subtitle Experiences from East Asia (International Development in Focus)
Author Sokbunthoeun So, Michael Woolcock, Leah April, Caroline Hughes, Nicola Smithers
ISBN 9781464813160
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No of pages 162
Book size 216 x 280 mm
Publishing year 2018
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Reforming public-sector organizations—their structures, policies, processes, and practices—is notoriously difficult, in rich and poor countries alike. Even in the most favorable of circumstances, the scale and complexity of the tasks to be undertaken are enormous, requiring levels of coordination and collaboration that may be without precedent for those involved. Entirely new skills may need to be acquired by tens of thousands of people. Compounding these logistical challenges is the pervasive reality that circumstances are often not favorable to large-scale reform. Whether a country is rich or poor, the choice is not whether, but how, to reform the public sector—how optimal design characteristics, robust political support, and enhanced organizational capability to implement and adapt will be forged over time.

This edited volume, Alternative Paths to Public Financial Management and Public Sector Reform: Experiences from East Asia, helps address the “how” question. It brings together reform experiences in public financial management and the public sector more broadly from eight country cases in East Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Papua New Guinea. These countries are at different stages of reform; most of the reform efforts would qualify as successes, while some had mixed outcomes and others could be considered failures. The focus of each chapter is less on formally demonstrating success (or not) of specific reform, but on documenting how reformers maneuvered within different country contexts to achieve specific outcomes. Despite the great difficulty in reforming the public sector, decision-makers can draw renewed energy and inspiration learning from those countries, sectors, and subnational spaces where substantive (not merely cosmetic) change has been achieved, and what pitfalls to avoid.


Acknowledgments • List of Contributors • Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Introduction • Arraying “adaptive” approaches to public sector reform: a framework • East asian experiences with public financial management and public sector reform: an overview • Implications for reformers and development practitioners • Conclusion • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 2: Malaysia • Introduction • Performance based budgeting • Public service delivery and public service transformation • Conclusion and lesson learned • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 3: Indonesia • Introduction • Public financial management reform • Civil service reform • Conclusion • Bibliography

Chapter 4: Thailand • Introduction • Strategic performance based budgeting system • Government fiscal management information system • Decentralization • Reflections on the approaches • Conclusion • Note • Bibliography

Chapter 5: Cambodia • Introduction • Revenue mobilization • Improving budget execution through implementation of the financial management information system • Program budgeting • Conclusion • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 6: Vietnam • Introduction • Fiscal decentralization • Integrated treasury and budget management information system • Public investment management • Approaches to reforms • Conclusion and lesson learned • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 7: Myanmar • Introduction • Strengthening tax administration • Budget formulation process • Challenges, approaches to reform, and key lessons learned • Conclusion • Bibliography

Chapter 8: The Lao People’s Democratic Republic • Introduction • Reform intervention • Results of first generation PFM reforms • The PFM reform process and approach • Conclusion and lessons learned • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 9: Papua New Guinea • Introduction • Public financial management • Decentralization and subnational governance reform • Approach to reform: best practice versus best fit? • Summary and conclusions: using necessary “best fit” innovation to • achieve “best practice” outcomes in a difficult setting • Notes • Bibliography

About the Editors:

Sokbunthoeun So, Public Sector Specialist of the World Bank Governance Global Practice based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Scientist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group based in Washington, DC.

Leah April, Senior Public Sector Specialist for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank.

Caroline Hughes, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh CSC Chair in Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

Nicola Smithers, Practice Manager for Anglophone Africa in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank

Target Audience:

People interested in public sector reforms.

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