Even though every Working Group has its own specialized research purpose, the following three analytical steps are sought after from every WG:
(A) What institutional changes can be investigated and what is the explanation of (varying) reform degrees from a comparative perspective?
(B) What are the drivers/causes of reform activities, who are the promoters/stakeholders and what implementation strategies do they follow?
(C) How can the (intended and un-intended reform effects be evaluated?
Therefore, the overarching research question of the Action is:
Which approaches and effects of local public sector reform can be identified from an international comparative perspective; how can these be explained and what lessons can be drawn for policy making?