Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009

JPAPR Articles

December 2017

The need for executive federalism in federal-provincial relations: The Canadian example

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s championing of a new course of federal-provincial relations in Canada away from the traditional executive federalism has drawn a lot of scholarly concerns. His open federalism doctrine has been touted by many as the future of federalism in Canada as a way of ensuring popular inclusion, participation, and grass root representation. While agreeing to the need to ensuring openness and...

Author(s): Clement Akwasi Botchway

September 2017

Administrative impact of restructured provincial administration on selected aspects of maintenance of law and order in Kenya in 2010 to 2014: A case study of Bomet county

The aim of this study is to investigate the administrative impact of Restructured Provincial Administration (RPA) as independent variable on maintenance of law and order as dependent variable in Bomet County, Kenya from 2010 to 2014. Based on the theory of new-institutionalism, it focused on four selected aspects of maintenance of law and order measured from 2006 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2014, namely analysis of the...

Author(s): Josphat Safari Mutisya, Moses Mpuria Kindiki and Ambrose Kipkering Rono

September 2017

Designing innovative pro-poor healthcare financing system in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Eritrea

This study attempts to develop a pro-poor health care financing system for Eritrea. The study seeks to answer the following question: can the rich and healthy subsidize the poor and sick in Eritrea? This question is directly related to issues of social insurance and universal coverage. This study was conducted in 2016 in six months period from February to August. In this study, both primary and secondary data sources...

Author(s): Gebremichael Kibreab Habtom

August 2017

The travail of service delivery and developmental failure in post-independence Nigeria

Given the increase in public demands for socio-economic and developmental services, along several plans and resources committed to public services by Nigerian government, poor service delivery has continued to bedevilled development in post-independence Nigeria. Extant studies have linked factors such as lack of accountability, political instability, governance constraints, corruption, bad-governance and Western...

Author(s): Badmus Bidemi Gafar

May 2017

Psychological contract fulfillment and its implication on performance of employees: The case of Asanko Gold Mine, Ghana

This study attempts at providing knowledge and further understanding into issues of Psychological Contract Fulfilment (PCF) and its implication (s) on performance of employees at Asanko Gold Mine. The research applied a case study in design, and quantitative methodologies. The research applied the mixed method to review data, and apply a household survey. The research focused on a population of 500 employees from Asanko...

Author(s): Jones Lewis Arthur and Mildred Fogenpane Kolson

January 2017

Bureaucratic structures and organizational performance: A comparative study of Kampala capital city authority and national planning authority

Uganda has experienced reasonably good economic and institutional performance for over a decade which has been partly explained by the implementation of public sector reforms including the restructuring of public institutions, creating new agencies, and decentralization with the view to rationalize delivery of services (Republic of Uganda, 2010). This paper examines the relationship existing between bureaucratic...

Author(s): Rogers Matte

November 2016

Democracy, good governance and development in Nigeria

Contemporary debates on democracy, good governance and development are greatly inspired by the significant political transformations that have taken place in Africa. In countries like Nigeria where the democratization process is work-in-progress, the intellectual preoccupation has been to reflect critically on how the prevailing political conditions can foster good governance and sustainable development. This paper...

Author(s): Abdulhamid Ozohu-Suleiman

October 2016

The Local Health Councils (LHC) in Brazil: From non-design to a "Poor Policy Design” space

The Local Health Councils (LHC) in Brazil is one of the most interesting policy innovations of contemporary Brazilian health reform. Formulated at a time of intense social and institutional change, the LHC can be understood as a social policy resulting from the struggles against the military dictatorship (1964 to 1985) and the battles for hegemony in conducting the re-democratization process. Part of the major health...

Author(s): Felipe Gonçalves Brasil and Ana Claudia N. Capella

October 2016

Networks and coalitions in the implementation of the international treaty on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Uganda

Uganda acceded to the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGTFA) in the year 2003. Despite this, there are still gaps in implementation of the treaty in the country. The article provides insights into the systemic interactions and coalitions among actors in the implementation of the treaty and subsequent barriers to the implementation of the ITPGRFA. Using social network...

Author(s): Gloria Atieno Otieno, John Wasswa Mulumba, Aseffa Seyoum Wedajoo, Myoung Jin Lee, Catherine Kiwuka, Richard Ogwal Omara, Joyce Adokorach, Eva Zaake and Michael Halewood

July 2016

Governance theory paralysis: Case of Malamulele of the Thulamela Municipality in Limpopo Province

This study investigated whether the petitioning of the Municipal Demarcation Board and protesting for own separate municipality by the Malamulele community of the Thulamela Municipality were influenced by tribalism/ethnicity and lack of service delivery in the Malamulele area. This study has found no evidence which suggests that lack of service delivery and ethnicity are behind the demand for own separate municipality...

Author(s): Mavhungu Elias Musitha

June 2016

Language pluralism through the administrative service: The use of the official languages policy in Sri Lanka

This paper explains how Sri Lanka’s Administrative Service has contributed to the use of the Official Language Policy (OLP) in Sri Lanka. This policy supports ‘Sinhala’ and ‘Tamil’ as official languages (that is, mother tongue) and ‘English’ as the link language. However the implementation of this policy has become problematic due to critical ethno-political factors. Since 2009...

Author(s): Menik Ranmal Wakkumbura

May 2016

Once the bubble bursts: An overview on the comparison of the Asian economic crisis and the global financial crisis

The Asian economic crisis and the global financial crisis had similar roots, which, in both cases, caused widespread instability. Given that recessions associated with financial crises are longer in duration and impose a higher cost on society, solutions to overcoming these two recessions are particularly important from a practical and academic standpoint.  This study shows through factor analysis that there is one...

Author(s): Jayesh D&#;souza

April 2016

Resettlement implementation management caused by hydropower development: A case study of Nam Ngum2 hydropower project in Laos

This paper seeks to contribute to the local context and experiences on the resettlement policy and implementation management of the hydropower development projects based on documentary and policy review. The paper shows that, since the science of resettlement and rehabilitation is a new marginal science. There is no fixed mode in solving the problem of compensation, resettlement and rehabilitation and each nation,...

Author(s): Saychai Syladeth and Shi Guoqing

March 2016

Measuring the performance of the economic infrastructure and competitivenes cluster in Uganda

Performance measurement has become a central feature to the efficiency and effectiveness of the government of Uganda especially with increasing accusations from the citizens on deficits in service delivery in the economic infrastructure cluster Energy and Mineral development, Information and communication technology, works and transport. While most government agencies receive a substantial portion of budget allocations,...

Author(s): Albert Byamugisha and Benon, C. Basheka

June 2015

Social marketing for women's health campaigns

The social marketing orientation seeks to potentialize public health campaigns using five principles: customer focus; focus on the benefits to customers; endeavouring to create value; involving the whole organisation in the process; being aware of customers’ difference. This article aims to identify the Social Marketing principles (and practices) in women’s health programme in the ABC Region, located in the...

Author(s): Edson Coutinho da Silva and José Afonso Mazzon

May 2015

The effect of employees’ motivation on organizational performance

The study seeks to unravel the factors that affect construction workers’ motivation and the corresponding effect of the identified motivational factors on workers’ performance and overall productivity. The survey revealed that, among the top ten critical factors (teamwork, work based on contract, supervision based on leadership by example and provision of equipment) had great effect on motivation as well as...

Author(s): Osabiya, Babatunde Joseph

May 2015

The evolution of governance networks in a time of crisis. Evidence from the Italian tourism sector

This paper contributes to an understanding of the development of governance networks in well-defined space-time contexts. The first aim is to highlight features of public-private networks in tourism, under the perspectives of integration and managerialization, and to deduce general principles from the case study of «sistema turistico locale Sardegna Nord-Ovest». In particular, a set of variables to measure...

Author(s): Lucia Giovanelli, Federico Rotondo and Nicoletta Fadda

April 2015

Capital budgeting practices: A comparative study between a port company in Brazil and in Spain

This study aims to analyze the capital budgeting practices used in port company in Brazil and another in Spain from a comparative perspective. To meet this objective an empirical research was conducted to study these two ports and a questionnaire was administered to collect data. The results showed that the Brazilian port uses only the internal rate of return for capital budgeting analysis combined with the random rate...

Author(s): Rogério João Lunkes, Vicente Ripoll-Feliu, Arturo Giner-Fillol and Fabricia Silva da Rosa

April 2015

Public health management in India: Concerns and options

Promoting and protecting health is essential to human welfare and sustained economic and social development. While there are many ways to promote and sustain health, not all of them are within the confines of the health sector. The circumstances in which people grow, live, work, and age” strongly influence how people live and die. Besides, status of a country with respect to education, housing, food and employment...

Author(s): Ravinder N. Batta

March 2015

The Nigerian State, oil multinationals and the environment: A case study of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)

The paper evaluates the environmental performance of SPDC and the Nigerian State in ensuring improved environmental quality. It x-rays the company’s efforts and the role of the state in safeguarding the environment. Using descriptive method of data gathering, the paper reveals the negative consequences of oil exploration – agricultural land degradation, air and water pollution. The environmental policies of...

Author(s): Odisu Terry Andrews

March 2015

The role of local self-government institution for deepening democracy at the grass-root level in Bangladesh

The structure and function of local government of Bangladesh underwent changes during the British and Pakistani rules as well as there had been several changes made to the structure of the local government bodies in the name of decentralization after independence. The institution of local government can help to establish and deepen democratic process and practice as well as ensure participatory development. This paper...

Author(s): Fakhrul Islam

January 2015

Manpower development, capacity building and service delivery in Ife-East Local Government Area, Osun State, Nigeria

The essence of government and administration at local levels is to ensure effective service delivery to the people at the grassroots. By constitutional designs and norms, governance at this level draws more closely to the needs of the people. Effective dispensation of this responsibility depends largely on the capability, knowledge and expertise of the existing institutional actors and structures. Nevertheless, service...

Author(s): AGUNYAI Samuel Chukwudi

January 2015

The politics of language and representative bureaucracy in Ethiopia: the case of Federal Government

Building an inclusively representative and equitable bureaucracies in a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural polity is a challenging phenomenon. Being one of such polities, Ethiopia embarked upon multinational federal nation-building policy exactly two decades ago through a constitutional reform. Accordingly, nine regional states and two chartered cities bureaucracies were established besides the federal...

Author(s): Milkessa Midega

December 2014

Reinventing developmental state in Nigerian Southwest: Agenda and caution for the agents of change

Either due to good leadership or autocracy, one thing stands out, ‘developmental state’ was a success in most of Asian countries, while its discredit is loud in Africa. As a case of all-round failure, virtually all strata of the society have had their blames in the historical trivialization of political participation, governance and development in Nigeria. While some politico-economic paradigms, contingent...

Author(s): E.B.A. Agbaje

December 2014

Rule of law in Africa and Asia: Solving the principal-agent problem

One may look upon the now unfolding events in Burkina Faso from the point of view of rule of law, interpreted with the so-called principal-agent model in the social sciences. Why, then, do many countries in Africa and Asia score low on rule of law, not resolving the principal-agent problem successfully? Is this a legacy from Western colonialism or oriental despotism and tribal forms of power? The principal-agent problem...

Author(s): Jan-Erik Lane

December 2014

The Broad Creek Renaissance Plan: A case analysis

Mixed-income developments are becoming a common mechanism to transform public housing in urban communities.  Housing authorities use this new form of housing to change the demographic profile of deteriorating inner city neighborhoods. The purpose of this study was to examine the conversion of public housing to mixed-income/mixed-use communities through a case analysis of the Broad Creek Renaissance Plan in Norfolk,...

Author(s): Shantya Plater and Damon Wade

December 2014

Policy analysis of tourism development in Bangladesh compared with the Bhutanese policy

This research is an analysis of tourism policy of Bangladesh which aims at finding out the real problem of the policy and whether its goals and objectives are achievable or not. This study utilizes the multi-goal technique of policy analysis (mixed of both qualitative and quantitative approach) since it encompasses three goals such as environmental impact, efficiency and equity and some corresponding objectives. Keeping...

Author(s): M. Rezaul Karim  

November 2014

A survey of community based water storage structures and their management in Gujarat, India.

Factors governing hydrological and institutional factors define policy intervention in the management of community based water storage structures (CBWS). Institutional factors have a direct bearing on the functioning of CBWS and also interact with physical and technical factors to influence their sustainability. The present study attempts to examine sustainability of CBWS to draw policy implications in Indian context....

Author(s): V. C. Pande, G. L. Bagdi and D. R. Sena

October 2014

Touching the poor: Re-thinking on millennium development goals by promoting participatory governance and local development

Is there any commitment made to reduce poverty? This is evident because 1.) The concept of poverty is vague, 2.) the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mostly stop at the national level and not sub national level where there are needs. Less attention is devoted to local institutions and traditional authorities, which are the real agents of local development. In African development, less attention is devoted to...

Author(s): Israel Jacob Massuanganhe

October 2014

Identity, political efficacy and expected political participation among nursing students after 25th January revolution

University students' political participation is of great significance to their own growth and it facilitates a country's democratization process. This study was conducted to investigate the relationship of personal and social identity, political efficacy and expected political participation among nursing students after 25th January 2011 Revolution of Egypt. The study was conducted at the Faculty of Nursing,...

Author(s): Ebtsam Aly Abou Hashish and Neama Mohamed Fouad Kamel

October 2014

E-governance: An imperative for sustainable grass root development in Nigeria

This paper aims to put forward the importance of e-governance in achieving sustainable grassroots development in Nigeria. The emergence of information communication technology has provided opportunity for borderlessness, interconnectedness and de-territorialization of government policies and programmes within the global village. Information communication technology is a necessary political tool set out to reconcile...

Author(s): OJO, John Sunday

October 2014

The changing global Public Administration and its theoretical and practical implications for Africa

‘Classical’ public administration theories, principles and paradigms continually fascinate scholars given their relevance to government practices especially in Africa. As used here, ‘public administration’ (in lower case) denotes government activities whereas ‘Public Administration’, often associated with Woodrow Wilson’s renowned 1887 essay, refers to the subject matter....

Author(s): Dominique E. Uwizeyimana and Kealeboga J. Maphunye

October 2014

Interest groups, voluntary agreements and tobacco control in Ghana

The paper examines the role of tobacco interest groups in obstructing the adoption of tobacco control policies in developing countries using the interest groups and global advocacy network theories. Specifically, it combines expert interviews with review of secondary materials to examine the strategies to promote the adoption of a tobacco control law in Ghana. This study finds that the adoption of the voluntary...

Author(s): Edward Brenya

September 2014

Immunities and privileges of International Organizations and the international civil service

A fundamental principle of public international law and the law of the international civil service bestows a certain degree of immunity and some privileges to members of the international civil service (those serving in the United Nations system). Therefore it follows that negligence of a member of the international civil service cannot be judged at the same level as that of a member of the public, particularly in...

Author(s): Ruwantissa Abeyratne

September 2014

Public administration reform in Eritrea: Past trends and emerging challenges

Public administration has always been the tool available to African governments for the implementation of developmental goals and objectives. It is seen as being crucial to the growth and development of African economies. To this end efforts have been made in many African countries to increase efficiency through decentralization, restructuring and privatization. This study presents Eritrea’s public administration...

Author(s): GebreMichael Kibreab Habtom

August 2014

Planning and Managing of Development Projects in Bangladesh: Future Challenges for Government and Private Organizations

This paper aims to study planning and managing process of development projects in Bangladesh. It unravels the institutional inadequacies and challenges in planning and managing procedure. The deductive nature of the study has been conducted through explanatory research design. The key to a triumphant project is planning. Creating a project plan is the first thing that ought to do when embarked on any kind of project....

Author(s): Mohammad Hamiduzzaman

August 2014

Methodological issues in estimating and forecasting health manpower requirement

Human resource is one of the most important components of health systems. Support for human resources planning for health ranks low on the health policy agenda of many national governments and international agencies. The aim of this study is to present various existing methodologies for estimating the health manpower requirement and forecasting approaches and to discuss some of the methodological challenges, their...

Author(s): Kavya Sharma, Sanjay P Zodpey, Abhay Gaidhane and Syed Zahiruddin Quazi

April 2014

Desire to work in an organization forever among university employees in Botswana

The importance of commitment of employees to their organizations is evident in the volume of research that continues to be conducted on the subject and in the research findings that have linked high levels of commitment to favourable organizational outcomes. Factors that lead to differential levels of commitment appear to differ from one context to another. For this reason, each organisation should periodically...

Author(s): Fako TT, Wilson DR, Linn JG, Forcheh N, Nkhukhu E and Harris MA   

October 2013

Advocating for direct revenue allocation to Nigerian Local Governments: A catalyst for national development

The issue of revenue allocation remains very volatile and constitutes a major source of political and governmental tension in Nigeria. This paper examines the revenue allocation system in Nigeria vis-à-vis the functional and institutional relevance of local government in national development. The paper strongly advocates for a direct revenue allocation to Nigerian local governments; it also identifies...

Author(s): Lamidi, Oyedele Kazeem and Fagbohun, Francis Oluyemi

October 2013

Efficient policy of India

Public policy and governance, which defines country’s growth strategy, plays a significant role in any country’s development story. In case of India, if its development and growth is compared with other nations, who were once just as developed as India was, we found that India has not been able to transform itself into a developed nation that it could have done by now. The reason behind this is not just slow...

Author(s): Mohd Atir

September 2013

Corporate governance and its potential implementation in Egypt in light of international experiences

  Governance has appeared similarly to other terms such as privatization and globalization. The corporate governance concept has had a great importance due to the financial declines and economic crises which several states have witnessed in the money markets and corporations located in a number of states in East Asia, Latin America and Russia during the 1990s of the twentieth century. Furthermore, the US...

Author(s): Ezzat Molouk Kenawy and Mohamed F. K. Abd Elgany

  • Article Number: E5CB29C1900

September 2013

The genealogy of cultural knowledge and its requirements

  The genealogy of fact by Michel Foucault presented to the knowledge of humankind from a historical perspective. In his view, human understanding as an existence have ontological characteristics. It is also inspired with and follows of an extra-discursive order which causes the dialectic between power andknowledge. In this article, Michel Foucault’s theory of genealogy of knowledge...

Author(s): Ali Chitsaz Isfahani

September 2013

Public participation in urban development: The case of Leipzig, Germany

  During the years following the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 the city of Leipzig in the former East Germany was facing considerable urban challenges. Vacant housing and derelict lots could be found everywhere. The population was shrinking and Leipzig became known as a perforated city. In the early 2000s, city officials obtained federal government funding for a research project entitled “Leipzig...

Author(s): Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor

September 2013

Nigeria in the age of globalisation

  The paper examines the ways in which globalization of Nigeria`s culture industries is directing its dimension and direction. When we look at Nigeria and her democratization process, we must realize that democracy in its current form is largely a Western concept. Democracy building on the part of the US outwards is a classic example of globalization. The paper adopts two theoretical perspectives of...

Author(s): Igwe, Dickson Ogbonnaya

September 2013

Public procurement system and e-Government implementation in Bangladesh: The role of public administration

  Since the adoption of privatization as an economic policy reform in 1976, public procurement by contractual means in Bangladesh has been increasing day by day. Objective of this paper is to discuss the e-Government Procurement implementation and recommends measures to be adopted in public procurement system in Bangladesh. Study methodology included bibliometric analysis, literature and archival document...

Author(s): Shakeel Ahmed Ibne Mahmood

September 2013

The mediating role of total quality management on co-ordination mechanisms in quality service delivery in Uganda’s Local Governments

  The aim of this paper is to assess the mediating effect of total quality management on the relationship between co-ordination mechanisms and quality service delivery in Uganda’s Local Governments. The findings of this paper are based on a sample of 212 Local Governments in Uganda whose heads of department and section heads formed the unit of inquiry.  The paper utilises Med...

Author(s): Ibrahim A. Musenze, Joseph Ntayi and J.C Munene

August 2013

Can Policy Adoption and Transfer Lead to Policy Implementation? Environmental Financial Assurance Policy in Ghana

  The introduction of a regulatory policy such as Environmental Financial Assurance (EFA)  requires a change in other fronts including enforcement philosophies, modes of organization and an increase in financial support for the regulatory system. Regulation is an essential developmental policy toolkit that favours poorer countries in the developing world. This research aims at contributing...

Author(s): Eric Twum

August 2013

Perception of selection interview, selection test and employee performance: An empirical analysis

  Unlike in the past, a critical success factor for organizations in this 21st century in achieving and sustaining a competitive advantage is by combating the challenge of improving quality and service delivery. This study using the ex-post facto design critically analyzed the role of selection interview and selection test on employee’s performance. One hundred and ninety (190) (males = 96 {50.5%};...

Author(s): Opayemi, A.S. and Oyesola, T.M.

August 2013

An assessment of leadership role of the political office-holders in the 21st century at the Nigerian local government level: A theoretical perspective

  Effective political leadership is essential to facilitate successful attainment of public goals. The focal point of this paper is to assess the leadership role of political office-holders towards achieving the aims and objectives of local government vis-à-vis prospects and challenges. It reviews the conceptual issues related to leadership with reference to Nigerian Local Government; and examines the...

Author(s): Lamidi, Oyedele Kazeem and Mike Adeyeye

July 2013

Workers – government wage relations and the unresolved issue of income inequality and labor strikes in Nigeria: Suggestion for the way forward

  Generally speaking, employees in all kinds of work organizations (private or public) exchange work for rewards, which take many forms (that is, material and non-material rewards). However, one of the most important of such rewards and invariably the most obvious is the money paid to workers either as salaries, wages or monitored fringe benefits. The importance of this group of reward lies in the fact that it...

Author(s): Bashiru Salawu, Afees Hassan and Ahmed Adefeso

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