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The Danish Negotiated Economy

Article  -  Ove K. Pedersen

Denmark thrives on a strategy of institutional competitiveness: policies, incentives and norms that create a whole-of-society comparative advantage.

Modernising Public Sector Management: Recent Reforms in Western Australia

Article  -  Chris Stansbury, Alan Barrett

Legislative changes pave the way for greater public sector accountability, flexibility and collaboration.

Ageing and Public Policy — A Global Perspective

Article  -  Andrew Kwok

Is there an impending ageing crisis? Two views predominate in the global discourse.

Strategic in Outlook, Nimble in Execution: Strengthening the Centre in Government

Article  -  Ng Chee Khern

To stay strategic in outlook and nimble in execution, the Singapore Armed Forces restructured its chain of command. Should the rest of the public sector follow suit?

Opinion: Identities and Institutions—The Needs of a New Era

Opinion  -  Catherine Fieschi

Political scientist Catherine Fieschi believes that new institutions need to be fashioned in order to help societies and communities recreate meaning and purpose in light of new and emerging forms of identities.

Ageing Population: What to Expect and What to Do

Article  -  Norbert Walter

What will the global ageing trend mean for finance, investment and production? Professor Norbert Walter highlights the economic implications of ageing in the coming decades.

Commissioning Public Value: The Role of Civil Servants

Article  -  Peter Shergold

Civil servants should see themselves as the architects of new, flexible, cross-sectoral arrangements for creating greater public value.

Government 2.0: Pursuing National Productivity through Collaborative Networking

Article  -  Chan Lai Fung

A new model of connectedness and collaboration in Government could transform the creation and delivery of public value.

Governance at the Leading Edge: Black Swans, Wild Cards, and Wicked Problems

Article  -  Peter Ho

At the 2008 Strategic Perspectives Conference, Head of Civil Service Peter Ho traced the evolution of contemporary public sector practice. He concludes that while the Public Service has successfully adopted best practices from the private sector and elsewhere in the past, these are not enough to ensure good governance as we move into an unpredictable and complex future. In the following excerpt, he highlights the nature of the challenges ahead and argues that Singapore must develop its own new brand of governance in order to manage these critical uncertainties and generate original solutions to the wicked problems of our time.

Enabling Organisational Transformation: Possibilities and Practice

Article  -  Lena Leong, Aurora De Souza Watters

Two public agencies illustrate transformational strategies that could help organisations rethink and reinvent themselves for the future.