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Title:Civil Service Reform in Ghana: A Case Study of Contemporary Reform Problems in Africa
Author:Ayee, Joseph R.A.
Year:2001
Periodical:African Journal of Political Science (ISSN 1027-0353)
Volume:6
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:1-41
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:civil service
Politics and Government
Labor and Employment
Management, Public Administration
Development policy
government policy
public sector
Economic reform
Link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=366
Abstract:Among the factors determining the success or failure in Civil Service Reform (CSR) are high level political administrative commitment; and the motivation and involvement of civil servants themselves in a bureaucratic system that is too weak to impose central top-down reform. The article evaluates Ghana's Civil Service Reform Programme (CSRP), which was intended to make the civil service a 'value for money' institution. It is argued that this objective was not achieved because of the absence of the factors mentioned above that ensure success. Hence the Civil Service Performance Improvement Programme (CSPIP) in March 1995 which was intended to make the civil service and all its constituent institutions more efficient. The article then relates the Ghanaian experience so far to recent developments at the level of theory, and their implications for other CSR programmes in Africa. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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