Hybrids and contradictions: Human resource management in the contemporary public sector

Colley, Linda, McCourt, Willy and Waterhouse, Jennifer (2012) Hybrids and contradictions: Human resource management in the contemporary public sector. International Journal of Public Administration, 35 8: 507-512. doi:10.1080/01900692.2012.687958

Author Colley, Linda
McCourt, Willy
Waterhouse, Jennifer
Title Hybrids and contradictions: Human resource management in the contemporary public sector
Journal name International Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0190-0692
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01900692.2012.687958
Volume 35
Issue 8
Start page 507
End page 512
Total pages 6
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract Public employment is a dynamic field of study, buffeted by the ever-changing and reforming public sector environment and by external events such as changing demographics and the global financial crisis. This first article to the special edition on contemporary public sector human resources provides a broad overview of recent developments, starting with the nature of public sector reforms and proceeding with analysis of the far-reaching effects on public employment. For many western countries, this has led to a hybrid model of old and new practices, with many internal contradictions and a confusing array of accountabilities. The new arrangements led to a de-privileging of public servants through reductions in merit and tenure. They also reduced the institutional capacity of central personnel institutions to co-ordinate and monitor public employment and public management. The article proceeds with a review of the implications of these changes in the face of new challenges such as skills shortages and economic pressures. This overview provides a backdrop for the variety of articles presented in the special edition.
Keyword Public employment
Public management reform
Employment in recession
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Contemporary Challenges for Public Sector Human Resource Management

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Created: Tue, 10 Jul 2012, 19:08:33 EST by Dr Linda Colley on behalf of Institute for Social Science Research