Lessons on Reforming Government from New Zealand

By John Kamensky

December 10, 2012

At the World Bank’s series of forums on performance management, I found John Whitehead’s insights particularly interesting.  Whitehead is a former secretary of the Treasury in New Zealand, which has been touted as the most advanced in performance-oriented government reform.  He looked back on what worked and what did not in their reform efforts over the past 25 years.  New Zealand’s efforts centering around four key elements:

In looking back over the past 25 years, governmental systems improved overall but there were some limitations to the New Zealand approach:

Based on what was learned, Whitehead sees the following next steps in New Zealand’s “performance journey:”

More on government reform:

Part 1:  An International Snapshot of Progress on Performance Management

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By John Kamensky

December 10, 2012

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