Administrative modernization in Germany - A big qualitative jump in small steps

Helmut Klages, Elke Löffler

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What is an article with the title ‘Administrative Modernization’ doing in a volume on re-engineering of the public sector? Are there only semantic differences between the two terms? If not, does administrative modernization have to be understood as a change process that is contrary to re-engineering?

In the following it will be shown that it is impossible to write an empirical article on re-engineering in the German public administration because re-engineering in the sense used by Michael Hammer and James Champy (1993) does not take place in the German public sector. The term ‘re-engineering’ is debated in the private sector but is not yet common in the public sector of the Federal Republic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-383
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Review of Administrative Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1995


  • Germany
  • public administration
  • modernization


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