Aligning needs and capacities to boost government competitiveness

Tobin IM, Kris HARTLEY

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National competitiveness indices are often theoretical underdeveloped, limiting their engagement with academic literature. Because many are based on neoliberal ideology, a new approach is needed to incorporate governance and administration theory, and to enhance relevance to developing countries. This article introduces government competitiveness, a concept that recognizes overlooked factors like the role of social organizations, the use of diverse policy inputs and policy development processes, and the imperative to address human needs at all development stages. The conceptual foundation draws from systems theory, needs theory, and intervention stages theory to inform a comprehensive framework that bridges development scholarship and practice. Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-137
JournalPublic Organization Review
Issue number1
Early online dateSep 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


Im, T., & Hartley, K. (2019). Aligning needs and capacities to boost government competitiveness. Public Organization Review, 19(1), 119-137. doi: 10.1007/s11115-017-0388-0


  • Government competitiveness
  • Governance
  • National development


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