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Understanding complexity of administrative reform

Kwangseon Hwang (Gachon University, Seongnam, Korea)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 11 December 2018

Issue publication date: 8 July 2019




This paper aims to examine the complexity of administrative reform and its implications.


This paper is based on an extensive review of the literature.


The most conspicuous fashion might be new public management (NPM) and its successor, post-NPM. However, recent reforms which involve complexity created the challenge of “rational calculation” in terms of an understanding of administrative reform. The authors observe that the measure of coordination in a response to fragmentation increases complexity and the rationale behind that reform is based on the instrumental rationality. This hinders real meaning of administrative reform, thereby failing to provide lessons for the future administration. Whether market-based reform or neo-Weberian model of reform, the thing should be considered is the condition under which the reform works.


This paper reaffirms the importance of the political-bureaucratic system which has multi-functional nature and competing institutional values when the different recipes for reform are imported into different context and a compatibility test by leaders.



Hwang, K. (2019), "Understanding complexity of administrative reform", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 630-643.



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