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WP/119 Rekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil

This paper shows how an elite cadre of public sector officials played a key role in the success of administrative reforms in Brazil’s state tax administration bureaus in the 1990s. The success of the reforms strengthened public sector bureaucracies and institutions at all government levels, predominantly in the tax departments. At the state level, the tax administrative reforms comprised complex changes in organizational structure, technology, and institutional arrangements. These reforms resulted in increased tax revenues, tax compliance, and successful restructuring. For the public officials who took part in the process, the reforms meant finding a new identity, and a new mission. As such, this paper explores an alternative mode of getting public sectors officials to commit and own public sector changes.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2010/119
Title:
WP/119 Rekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil
Authors:
Monica Pinhanez
Publication date:
November 2010
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-357-0
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2010
Keywords:
tax administrative reform, elites, public sector bureaucrats
JEL:
H2, H11, H71, H83
Project:
The Role of Elites in Economic Development
Sponsor:
UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development—DFID).
Format:
online and printed copies

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