Public management and quality in the public sector have a number of unique conditions in comparison with the private sector. They presume basic preconditions, common to sociopolitical and administrative culture: legitimacy, the rule of law and ethical behavior based on common values and principles such as openness, accountability, participation, diversity, equity, social justice, solidarity, collaboration and partnerships. Public policy is implemented in and by government agencies; this is the very place where the concept of Good Governance gets promoted first. The study demonstrates how qualitative performance evaluation is linked to dissemination of Good Governance, comparing more generally Asia with Europe in their pursuit of achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Government agencies in Taiwan and Estonia differ from historic viewpoint but share the path of democratization, offering original research for comparative analysis. The paper defines and contextualizes Good Governance by using a Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and evaluates its application in administrative agencies in respective small states. The findings suggest that effective promotion of good governance in transition societies depends mostly on political will and management commitment.
|Keywords:||Millennium Development Goals, Good Governance, Common Assessment Framework, Performance Evaluation, Estonia, Taiwan|
International Ph.D. Student, Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University, Gaoxiong, Taiwan
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