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Working paper

Striking a Balance: Centralised and Decentralised Decisions in Government (WP 02/15)

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Sunday, 1 September 2002
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D73 - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
H19 - Structure and Scope of Government: Other
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This paper identifies factors to be looked at when considering the extent to which decisions within government should be centralised or decentralised.


This paper was originally drafted for the Chief Executives Reference Group on Central Agencies. It has benefited from comments received by this group as well as comments received at a seminar held by the New Zealand State Services Commission on 25 June 2002. In addition, helpful comments have been received on earlier drafts of this paper from Richard Norman, David Galt, Simon Macpherson, Andrew Kibblewhite, Jonathan Ayto and Veronica Jacobsen.


The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury. The paper is presented not as policy, but with a view to inform and stimulate wider debate.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007