International Handbook on Civil Service Systems

International Handbook on Civil Service Systems

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'This Handbook on civil service systems is truly international and comparative. It covers and compares countries from all continents. It also connects historical (Weberian) legacies to contemporary challenges such as coordination, the hollow state, and trust. Massey's Handbook does not avoid difficult issues for civil service systems such as ruined reforms, fiscal retrenchment, and cultural and political system shocks. Therefore this book is exceptionally rich and stimulating.' Geert Bouckaert, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium While there is no universally accepted definition of civil servant and civil service, this authoritative and informative Handbook compares and contrasts various approaches to organising the structure and activities of different civil service systems. Underpinning theories and frameworks provide a disciplinary perspective from which to explore recurring topics and themes, and international comparisons are made via case studies from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North and South America. The expert contributors consider the historical and theoretical context of public administration and public sector management, encompassing issues such as the Weberian legacy, joined-up government and the hollowed-out state thesis. The debate between Anglo-American influenced systems versus the continental European approach to organising the civil service is also addressed.establishment of the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) in 1998 to address strategic, cross-cutting issues and promote innovative policies. ... Unit and Office of Public Sector Reform in an attempt to get a grip on policy delivery in key areas and on civil service reform directly. ... of central government looking at issues such as joined-up government or analysis and modelling in central government.

Title:International Handbook on Civil Service Systems
Author: A. Massey
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing - 2011-01-01

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