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Osei, Philip
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Public Service Decentralisation in Jamaica: A Review of Current Models, Practices and Institutional Gaps
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SALISES 12th Annual Conference
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March 23-25, 2011
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Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston
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http:; www.vision2030.gov.jm/Portals/0/Workshops_Reports/Osei-Decentralisation%20of%20Public%20services.pdf
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Abstract
This paper does a broad examination of the different kinds of decentralisation applied in the governmental systems in Jamaica and their theoretical underpinnings as well as the performance philosophies and benefits that underpinned the adoption of such systems. The research is broadly qualitative and used mixed methods including elite interviews, documentary analysis, survey results, focus group discussion and interpretive analysis. The paper demonstrates that differing decentralised models and hybrid formsof organisationa have been used by the Government of Jamaica as mechanisms to solve various public service management problems and that beneath the veneer of a highly centralised and administrative system lies a complex system of decentralised organisational forms that have been employed to achieve various ends.....
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