Public Sector Employment Regimes: Transformations Of The State As An Employer

Hardcover | October 30, 2015

byKarin Gottschall, Sylvia Hils, Bernhard Kittel

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Public employment regimes are changing. New forms of service provision based on performance assessment have replaced the traditional model of the civil servant who offers obedience and loyalty in exchange for privileged employment conditions. This book explores the extent to which the material and ideological driving forces of change have actually resulted in a transformation of public employment regimes in Western countries. By analyzing reform processes in energy market regulation, waste collection, and the police in Germany, France, and Sweden, and contrasting these against the implementation of New Public Management in the United Kingdom, the authors show how institutional structures, legal traditions, functional requirements of specific public services, and labour market conditions have influenced the pathways of reform. They demonstrate how public employment regimes have unravelled in different domains of public service, contesting the idea that the state remains a 'good' and 'model' employer.


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Public employment regimes are changing. New forms of service provision based on performance assessment have replaced the traditional model of the civil servant who offers obedience and loyalty in exchange for privileged employment conditions. This book explores the extent to which the material and ideological driving forces of change h...

Karin Gottschall is Professor of Sociology at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at Bremen University, Germany. Her research focuses on the sociology of labour markets, social inequality, social policy and education, and gender studies. Since the 1980s, she has published widely on social inequality, the flexibi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 30, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
PART I. APPROACH AND RESEARCH DESIGN
2. The Analytical Problem
3. Research Design and Methods
PART II. CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS
4. Public Employment Regimes in OECD Countries
5. A Comparison of Public Employment Regimes in Germany, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
PART III. SECTOR STUDIES
6. Energy Regulatory Agencies
7. Waste Collection
8. The Police
PART IV. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
9. Summary and Integrated Comparison of Countries and Sectors
10. Conclusions and Outlook
Appendices
11. List of Statutory Regulations
12. Overview Expert Interviews (see Chapters 6, 7, and 8)
13. Cross-Country and Time-Series Data: Measurement Issues (see Chapter 4)
14. 'Milestone' Events in the Introduction of Performance-Related Pay (see Chapter 4)