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Title:Cultural change, the hybrid administrative system and public sector reforms in Africa: the case of anti-corruption measures in Malawi
Author:Dzimbiri, Lewis B.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African Anthropologist (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:16
Issue:1-2
Pages:49-68
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Malawi
Subjects:administrative reform
public administration
corruption
External link:http://www.codesria.org/IMG/pdf/3-_Dzimbiri.pdf
Abstract:This article sheds light on the role of the hybrid administrative system in explaining the dismal outcomes of some of the public sector reforms in Africa. It argues that the absence of an indigenous entrepreneurial class, and human and material resources have 'forced' the State at independence to become a major actor in socioeconomic development. However, new brands of reforms that call for new public management techniques have questioned the size and role of the State in Africa. Consequently, public sector reforms aimed at modernizing the bureaucracy to improve the quality of life of citizens have become fashionable. Despite tremendous efforts, many countries have not come close to their goals of developing their societies to the same standard as developed countries. Focusing on Malawi's reform efforts to crackdown on corruption, this article explores the view that it is the hybrid administrative system that is an additional explanation for the challenges confronting some reforms. While Malawi has been successful in importing management structures, rules and procedures through reforms, it is yet to succeed in transforming the cultural aspects which make these reforms work. The article recommends a shift in individual and organizational values, attitudes, beliefs and practices at the bureaucratic and political levels. The central argument of the article is that positive outcomes in public sector reforms in Africa will be achieved through public sector culture transformation. Bibliogr., note, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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