Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government
Executive agencies: A manifesto against 'administrivia'
Caribbean Journal of Public Sector Management
Date of Publication
Defines ‘administrivia’ and describes its manifestations. Presents the central thesis of the study which is that, whatever else its stated rationale, the executive agency model, transferred from outside, emerged in Jamaica to tackle the legacy of ‘administrivia’, particularly poor service delivery and to bring change to the prevailing public management culture. Examines some of the issues involved in the transfer and functioning of the model in Jamaica. Concludes firstly that far from destroying the ‘public service ethos’, the executive agency approach is slowly causing us to re-think some of the fundamental principles and ideas that should drive a modern public service. Secondly, it is also evident that a species of administrative culture change is occurring slowly, but mainly outside the model of a planned path. Finally, manifestos of change cannot be meaningfully judged by mere statements of goals, but rather by the seriousness with which they fulfill the promise of implementation. In Jamaica, these are clear goals, but there are significant implementation gaps. ....