Trajectories of Administrative Reform: Institutions, Timing and Choices in France and Spain
West European Politics
The influence of national administrative institutions on contemporary reforms has often been noted but insufficiently tested. This article enriches the comparative perspective of administrative reform policies by focusing on four interrelated dimensions: the choices of reformers, institutional constraints, timing and sequencing and long-term trajectories. This article tries to determine whether most similar administrative systems exhibit analogous contemporary reform trajectories in content,
... ries in content, timing and sequence. By comparing the administrative reform policies of two 'most similar' Napoleonic countries, France and Spain, this article analyses the commonalities and divergences of decentralisation, territorial state reorganisation, civil service reforms and policies that focus on performance management and organisational design. The article identifies the 'causal mechanisms' that characterise the specific role of institutions and considers both the role of context and the importance of policy intersections.