THIS VOLUME offers a set of complex, policy centred, theoretically informed studies of public administration in Jamaica over time. It engages in fundamental debates about legacy and contemporary effects of philosophical and institutional models, administrative culture, variegated policy systems and other instrumental forces shaping local administrative practice. The combined approaches make it possible to understand change dynamics – friction, accommodation, layering and transfers – that continue to determine the range of postcolonial policy choices. These and other considerations form the bases of important conclusions about how the Jamaican state is governed.
This brief, erudite and authoritative book represents an important addition to the existing literature on the subject. Its analysis is compelling, the insights profound and frequent. Contending with Administrivia would appeal to domestic and international policy makers and all those interested in the links between administrative change and national development.