The Management of Public Personnel in Latin America: Scope and Limits of a Modern Civil Service
The Emerald Handbook of Public Administration in Latin America
ISBN: 978-1-83982-677-1, eISBN: 978-1-83982-676-4
Publication date: 12 January 2021
Departing from a so-called “modern civil service” as an ideal type, this chapter evaluates the status of public personnel management in Latin America. Such an ideal model is considered a mix between the organizational principles of the traditional civil service and those of the new public management perspective. First, the chapter presents the different phases that public management practices have undergone in some developed countries. Secondly, following several studies and data provided by the IADB, the level of development of several civil service systems in Latin America is analyzed and several of their construction–destruction–reconstruction patterns are presented. Lastly, the cases that most approach a modern civil service are discussed and some recommendations offered to reformers in this region.
Méndez, J.-L. (2021), "The Management of Public Personnel in Latin America: Scope and Limits of a Modern Civil Service", Peters, B.G., Tercedor, C.A. and Ramos, C. (Ed.) The Emerald Handbook of Public Administration in Latin America, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 261-287. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83982-676-420201011
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