Chapter

Rekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil

Monica Pinhanez

in The Role of Elites in Economic Development

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659036
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749032 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659036.003.0013

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Rekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil

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This chapter shows how an elite cadre of public sector officials played a key role in the success of administrative reforms in Brazil’s state tax administration bureaus in the 1990s. The success of the reforms strengthened public sector bureaucracies and institutions at all government levels, predominantly in the tax departments. At the state level, the tax administrative reforms comprised complex changes in organizational structure, technology, and institutional arrangements. These reforms resulted in increased tax revenues, tax compliance, and successful restructuring. For the public officials who took part in the process, the reforms meant finding a new identity, and a new mission. As such, this chapter explores an alternative mode of getting public sector officials to commit and own public sector changes.

Keywords: tax administrative reform; elites; public sector bureaucrats

Chapter.  8413 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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