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.



Study Framework and Methodology

This chapter discusses the methodology and framework of analysis used for the study. The study was undertaken with mainly qualitative methods. The chapter explains the methodology used in the study, in that it indicates the data sources and methods of data gathering. The second half of the chapter sets out the framework for analysis employed for the study. The chapter discusses the theoretical framework based on the new public management concepts as well as the historical background within which the public sector reforms in Africa were located. The chapter also specifically highlights the case of the contract systems pertaining to the employment of permanent secretaries in four Commonwealth African countries – Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. The chapter starts with the theoretical framework, public sector reform in Africa, followed by paragraphs related to the conceptualisation of the delivery of the study, research questions and the fieldwork.


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