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Combined academic and political work in urban management in 1980s - left UK in 1990 to work as consultant in most countries in Central Europe in the 1990s – and then in 1999 to Central Asia and the Caucasus here I worked until 2007.
I have not been impressed with the nature of the Technical Assistance programmes the EU offers in my field of public administration – and have written critically about it. This culminated in a presentation I did to the 14th NISPAcee Conference in Slovenia – entitled “Mercenaries, missionaries or witch doctors? Is public administration reform in transition countries a religion, business or therapy?”
I have written various Manuals – on civil service reform (I helped set up the Azeri CS Agency and was personal adviser to the Chairman); on local government (ditto the Kyrgyz system); and policy analysis for civil servants (Slovakia 2002)
I returned to Europe in 2007 – to head up a project in Bulgaria to assist the Institute of Public Administration there develop a regional training capacity.
This last experience has intensified my critique of the EA programmes of TA. I am now developing a case-study based on this experience.
A lot of the papers I have written can be found on my website - www.freewebs.com/publicadminreform - but it is my blog which I try to keep updated regularly.
Learning from Experience; some reflections on how training can help develop administrative capacity
Roadmap for strengthening Local Government in Kyrgyzstan Republic
• The Search for a civil service model for Azerbaijan
Public Administration Reform – achievement, problems and perspectives
Unlocking Human Potential – HRM issues and techniques for the Azerbaijan Civil Service