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Municipality Merger and Local Democracy: An assessment of the merger of Japanese municipalities.
Municipal mergers have been widely used as a tool for administrative reform (Fox and Gurley-Calvez 2006; OECD 2014). While municipal mergers have been planned or implemented with the hope of increasing efficiencies in ...
Rediscovering Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Professionalism, Impartiality, and Innovation
This study examines an empirical link between bureaucratic structures and country-level innovation outputs. Although there has been growing scholarly attention to public sector innovation, we still have a limited understanding ...
The Prudent Entrepreneurs. Women and Public Sector Innovation
This paper suggests a new argument to explain gender differences in public management: the “prudent entrepreneur theory.” We hypothesize that male and female public managers have three differences in their attitudes towards ...
Women and Risk-Taking Behavior in Local Public Finance
This study examines how female representation in local elected (mayor and legislature) and administrative (mid-level manager) positions influences municipal financial decision making in 764 Japanese city-level governments. ...