Will States Meet the Challenge?

Brief

Will States Meet the Challenge?

October 14, 1999

Abstract

This brief, the first in its series, defines the practice of governing-for-results and lists the factors that compelled state governments to implement it. It cites successful private-sector management practices, the devolution of responsibility from the federal level to the state and local, the push for citizen involvement in government, and assorted technological breakthroughs as the primary impetus for more results-focused state governing. Also, the authors present the proven benefits of governing-for-results: improved accountability and resource allocation, enhanced effectiveness of government services, increased flexibility for service managers, and better technical training.

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