A Topography of Civil Service Laws

International Public Management Journal. 14(1):106-130.

Posted: 14 Jan 2008 Last revised: 20 Jan 2015

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Sungjoo Choi

Kyung-Hee University

Andrew B. Whitford

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

We offer a comparative study of the differences in civil service systems across countries in order to observe how these systems relate to one another. We compare the civil service systems of twenty-six countries from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and eight non-OECD countries from Central and Eastern Europe to identify how different configurations of civil service systems are revealed through their shared attributes. Our data are drawn from the contents of civil service legislation and the status of those civil servants covered by the civil service laws of these countries. We use cluster analysis to identify several groups of countries whose civil service systems share similar features. We find that the estimated topography, or similarity among systems, depends on both subjective decisions about the number of groups and the variables used to estimate the space. However, we draw important conclusions about the value of certain cases, like the United States, for learning about other systems, and the need for expanded knowledge of systems from Central and Eastern Europe.

Keywords: civil service systems, organizational configurations, comparative bureaucracy

JEL Classification: D73

Suggested Citation

Choi, Sungjoo and Whitford, Andrew B., A Topography of Civil Service Laws (2011). International Public Management Journal. 14(1):106-130., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1081618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1081618

Sungjoo Choi

Kyung-Hee University ( email )

Imun Dongdaemoon
Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Andrew B. Whitford (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States
706-542-2898 (Phone)
706-583-0610 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://andrewwhitford.com

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