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Weathering the storm : public sector employment security during decades of public management reform and the recent economic downturn

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Linda Colley
Employment security is a traditional characteristic of public employment, but has been affected by public management reforms and more recently by the global financial crisis. This article considers employment security through a case study of an Australian state public service. Queensland has only pursued moderate reforms but this has still challenged employment security. Institutional tensions became clear, as the central personnel agency defended and even strengthened employment security policies, while the central industrial relations agency issued potentially contradictory policies and departments thwarted policy intentions during implementation. The economic context arguably allowed for weaker scrutiny of new employment initiatives, and highlighted the tensions in the current powers and responsibilities of the central personnel agency.

History

Volume

32

Issue

1

Start Page

87

End Page

101

Number of Pages

15

eISSN

1552-759X

ISSN

0734-371X

Location

United States

Publisher

Sage Publications

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

TBA Research Institute; University of Queensland;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Review of public personnel administration.