Big men, wantoks and donors: A political sociology of public service reform in Solomon Islands

Jerry B. Siota, Paul J. Carnegie, Matthew G. Allen, University Of Canterbury
Recent decades have witnessed the rise in popularity of New Public Management (NPM) as a paradigm of public service reform. Key objectives on the NPM reform menu include a de-bureaucratizing of government services, the stimulation of local market competition for service provision and the introduction of performance measurement techniques. This agenda has been enthusiastically promoted and adopted into a diverse array of developing-country settings, including Solomon Islands (SI). Yet, the
more » ... outcomes in SI display an uneven character at best. Is such a reform agenda compatible with the reality of achieving effective service delivery in SI? By combining a political history of reform in SI with the perceptions and experiences of respondents from selected public service ministries, state owned enterprises and in-country donor organizations, the following article examines the impact of NPM reforms on SI public service. It considers the ways in which a largely externally instigated reform agenda has been accepted, contested and transformed.
doi:10.26021/10639 fatcat:sxm53zxnt5ckvght54noazp2f4