Abstracts: May 7th, 2003

By Paul Richter, Mark Bevir, R. A. W. Rhodes and Patrick Weller.This article questions what lessons can be learned from an analysis of public service reform. It examines the part played by beliefs and traditions and explains how it is possible to shift from prediction to informed conjecture and policy advice as storytelling. It seeks to show that an interpretive approach produces insights into public administration. The authors argue that it is feasible to give policy advice to public sector managers by telling them stories and providing rules of thumb (proverbs) to guide managerial practices.

Public Administration Volume 81: Issue 1 ISSN: 0033-3298