Introduction - The Many Faces of Public Management Reform in Asia-Pacific: Moving Ahead Amidst


  • Clay Wescott
  • Bidhya Bowornwathana
  • L. R. Jones


During the past decade, globalization and democratization have been the major forces that helped transform the structures, functions, and processes of Asian public sectors. Nevertheless, these transformation efforts of Asian countries vary considerably depending on local context, and have met with different degrees of success. Some countries experienced smooth transformations. For others, the reform process has been more volatile. These issues were explored at a conference July 7-9, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the Department of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, and co-sponsored by the International Public Management Network, the Asia-Pacific Governance Institute, and Thailand Democracy Watch. This special issue presents a sample of the work by participating scholars and practitioners.

Author Biographies

Clay Wescott

Dr. Clay G. Wescott, Ph.D., is Director, Asia-Pacific Governance Institute, Washington, D.C., and Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, USA.

Bidhya Bowornwathana

Bidhya Bowornwathana, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration,Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

L. R. Jones

L. R. Jones, Ph.D., is George F. A. Wagner Founding Chair Professor of Public Management, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA.


How to Cite

Wescott, C., Bowornwathana, B., & Jones, L. R. (2014). Introduction - The Many Faces of Public Management Reform in Asia-Pacific: Moving Ahead Amidst. International Public Management Review, 10(1), 1–4. Retrieved from




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