The Contract System of Employment for Senior Government Officials

Experiences from Africa

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This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the ‘new public management’ programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. These countries introduced the contract system of employment, and their experience highlights the importance of acknowledging context in considering the implications of the contract system, and the challenges of implementation.



Contract System Pertaining to the Employment of Senior Public Service Officers in Botswana

This chapter presents and analyses the first country case study – Botswana. The chapter (and subsequent chapters) provides empirical data based on interviews of key informants and document sources to examine the contract system of employment of senior public service officers in Botswana. The aim is to understand the Botswana reforms and to gather evidence as to the success or otherwise of the implementation of contract employment as part of the new public management experiment in developing countries. The chapter examines the background to the Botswana case and then proceeds to analyse the contract systems introduced under new public management (NPM) reform, management models underpinning the performance agreement system and the impact of the performance agreement on the working conditions and environment of management in the economy.


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