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Strategies constitute a neglected dimension of administrative reforms. In the sense of overall guidelines or "mega-policies," strategies provide a framework both for behavioral analysis of historic administrative reforms and for prescriptions on how to improve future administrative reforms. Main administrative strategy dimensions for consideration and decision include: overall goals, boundaries, preferences in time, risk acceptability, incrementalism vs. innovation, comprehensiveness vs. narrowness, balance-oriented reform vs. shock-oriented reform, relevant assumptions on the future, theoretic bases, resources availability, and range of reform instruments. Detailed strategy recommendations depend on particular circumstances; but every decision concerning an administrative reform should explicitly consider the strategy dimensions and decide on a preferable mix of strategies. A number of suggestions and criteria of broad applicability for strategy determination on administrative reforms can be identified. 25 pp.

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