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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.

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Introduction

This book is based on a comparative study of contract systems pertaining to the employment of permanent secretaries and chief directors in Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. These countries have embarked on the reform of their public services since the latter part of the 1990s with a view to infusing their public administration systems with private sector practices, which theoretically have been deemed to be proficient in turning around malfunctioning public services.

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