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Research on public management policy change in the Latin America region: a conceptual framework and methodological guide

By Michael Barzelay, Francisco Gaetani, Juan Carlos Cortázar Velarde and Guillermo Cejudo


This article presents a conceptual framework and methodological guide for researching the process of public management policy change in the Latin America region. It provides an explicit the methodological approach for case study research on this topic. The focus on the Latin America region is due to the sponsorship of the Inter-American Development Bank, which desired an explicit methodological guide for conducting research on public sector management reform. While the article is specifically geared to this purpose, it also exhibits a distinctive general approach to a large class of case study research designs. This class includes instrumental case study research about processes, incorporating variants that are rich in narrative, explicit in their explanatory framework, and comparative. Publishing the article in IMPR is appropriate since a) this class of case study research has not benefited from specialized methodological exposition and b) much public management research fits within this class. Accordingly, the article is addressed to both public management researchers interested in the specific research topic and those engaged in instrumental case-oriented research on processes, more generally

Topics: JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Publisher: International Public Management Network
Year: 2003
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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