Approaches to the Merit Principle in Queensland Public Service Recruitment: From rich and dumb to gender discrimination to politicisation?

Colley, Linda (2006) Approaches to the Merit Principle in Queensland Public Service Recruitment: From rich and dumb to gender discrimination to politicisation?. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 65 1: 46-60.

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Author Colley, Linda
Title Approaches to the Merit Principle in Queensland Public Service Recruitment: From rich and dumb to gender discrimination to politicisation?
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-6647
1467-8500
Publication date 2006-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8500.2006.00471a.x
Volume 65
Issue 1
Start page 46
End page 60
Total pages 15
Place of publication Richmond, VIC. Australia
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract The traditional career service model of public employment was ostensibly based on the merit principk, designed to ensure employment on what you knew rather than who you knew, and to remove patronage. However, the image of public servants is often poor, and many are perceived as having little real merit. This article reviews approaches to merit in the Queensland state public service. It finds that, in earlier times, the merit principle was often enshrined in primary and subordinate legislation, but was subsequently moderated by social values including gender and class discrimination, and by circumstances such as wars. This had implications for the skill levels and quality of public employees, and therefore for public policy and public services. In recent decades, the merit principle has been subjected to extensive redefinition and has been subordinated to the desire for greater political control of public services, and pursuit of 'responsiveness'. © National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia 2006.

Keyword Public Service
Employment
Queensland state public service
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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