Public Governance Concepts and their Use in Civil Service Reform Research

Saulius Pivoras, Ernesta Visockytė


In the context of traditional public administration, there is a concept known as “good administration”. Good administration is understood primarily as a professional and ethical civil servants’ activity. However, “good administration” is more of a subject of public or administrative law, which shows an important but relatively narrow aspect of public governance. The aim of this article is to analyze the latest concepts of public governance and to evaluate their adaptability in analysis of civil service reforms. Such adaptability is relevant because the concepts of public governance reveal the most important attitudes of contemporary public administration, primarily in a normative sense. The aim of the article is met by analyzing the latest scientific literature on public governance, evaluating the place and weight of good governance and participatory governance in the concepts of public governance, and discussing the concepts of good governance developed by international organizations. After highlighting the major features and characteristics of the concepts of public governance, the article analyses their adaptability in analysis of civil service reforms.


good administration; governance; good governance; participatory governance; open civil service

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