Effective management in the public sector demands specialized knowledge, soft skills, and a good understanding of the political context in which the manager is inserted.
Even prior to the ravages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brazilian public administration was in crisis. Citizens are demanding a more effective and efficient State, delivering quality services with lower expenditures and budget allocations. In addition, citizens in Brazil are critical of the high level of taxes needed to sustain these high spending levels. Threatened by the economic crisis and shadowed by fiscal pressures, the primary sources of State revenues, and the manner in which governments spend these tax revenues, stand in need of an urgent upgrade.
The pandemic adds a new component of complexity into this worrisome situation. It is the public manager’s responsibility to puzzle through all of these complexities and respond satisfactorily to the citizens.
Aware of these challenges, a special group of authors was stimulated to bring examples of high-quality practices and initiatives to light, based upon their own experience in public management in Brazil. Their efforts resulted in the publication that will be launched in this webinar and is entitled Essays on Efficiency, Transparency, and Innovation in the Brazilian Public Sector.