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Implementation of public sector reforms : Unravelling the G8-reform

Weber, Tania (2017) Implementation of public sector reforms : Unravelling the G8-reform.

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Abstract:The G8-reform, implemented in German federal states between 2001 and 2007, has caused a considerable ongoing public debate. With this phenomenon, the shortening of secondary academic education from nine to eight years portrays one of the most significant and controversial reforms in the education sector since Germany’s reunification. The most remarkable point about the G8-reform is its development over time, as only some German federal states maintained the reform, whereas the overwhelming majority reverted it partly and one federal state returned to the previous model of nine years. This thesis seeks to explain how these differences came about. After examining the complicated context in which the G8-reform is embedded in, the thesis traces the implementation process of the G8-reform in three federal states according to a set of six determinants of success: the level of complexity of actions, the availability of resources, the existence of correcting measures, the direction of political consequences, the frequency of changes in political leadership and the alignment of stakeholder positions. All determinants except for the level of resources seem to have an impact on the success of the reform and therefore its maintenance or reversion.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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