Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing Career Civil Service Systems in Latin America

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Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing Career Civil Service Systems in Latin America

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dc.contributor.author Grindle, Merilee Serrill
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-21T19:54:27Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Grindle, Merilee S. 2010. Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing Career Civil Service Systems in Latin America. HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series, RWP10-025, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4448871
dc.description.abstract Patronage—the discretionary allocation of public sector jobs—continues to be a dominant way government is staffed in most Latin American countries and it is proving resistant to the imprecations of public sector reformers. Despite the ubiquity of patronage systems, however, all major countries in Latin America have legislation establishing a formal civil service system. In fact, such reform initiatives are swept aside or significantly altered after they have been legislated. In this paper, public sector reform initiatives in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Chile confirm that implementation is fraught with opportunities for distorting the intent of law and indicate a series of similar strategies used by the opponents of reform to offset the impact of new legislation. Taken together, such strategies have been remarkably successful in blocking the systematic implementation of civil service laws. Nevertheless, there is evidence that public sectors in each of the case study countries have made advances in the degree of stability, professionalism, and expertise in public offices, even in the absence of a Weberian civil service. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://web.hks.harvard.edu/publications/workingpapers/citation.aspx?PubId=7341 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject DPI - Democracy, Politics, and Institutions en_US
dc.subject DEV - International Development en_US
dc.subject Economic Growth en_US
dc.subject Americas, South en_US
dc.subject Americas, Central and the Caribbean en_US
dc.title Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing Career Civil Service Systems in Latin America en_US
dc.type Research Paper or Report en_US
dc.description.version Author's Original en_US
dc.relation.journal HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series en_US
dash.depositing.author Grindle, Merilee Serrill
dc.date.available 2010-09-21T19:54:27Z

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