Commentary: The rise and fall of the career public service

Colley, Linda (2002) Commentary: The rise and fall of the career public service. New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations, 27 3: 349-362.

Author Colley, Linda
Title Commentary: The rise and fall of the career public service
Journal name New Zealand Journal of Industrial Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0110-0637
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 349
End page 362
Total pages 14
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher E R Publishing
Abstract It is easy to criticize the traditional model of public service employment. However, its distinctiveness met the particular needs of a political environment and Westminster conventions. It was a bureaucratic model of employment aligned to the bureaucratic form of public administration, based on strong conventions of merit, tenure, political neutrality and a unified service, administered by an independent central authority. This model endured for more than a century. As public administration was transformed into public sector management, public sector employment was varied in pursuit of efficiency and responsiveness, and became an unstable mixture of traditional and new practices. Institutional changes have brought accompanying problems of duplication, lack of strategic direction or monitoring, and decreasing independence from political influences. The current public sector is beset with recruitment difficulties, high turnover in some fields, increasing use of insecure forms of employment, an aging workforce, and lower morale than many private sector counterparts.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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