Abstracts: February 28th, 2000

Tong C H, Straussman J D, Broadnax W DPublic Administration and Development, (UK), Vol 19 No 2

Start page: 193. No of pages: 14

Discusses attempts by the People’s Republic of China to reform its civil service along the lines of the Western civil service model contained in the Provisional Regulations on State Civil Servants signed in 1993. Describes the old cadre system and its defects; outlines the objectives of reform – the establishment of a professional administrative corps, a merit-based performance evaluation system, open and fair competition in recruitment and promotion and a system based on the ‘rule of law’ rather than the ‘rule of man’. Considers the challenges facing implementation of the reform, for example, the necessity to balance the Communist Party’s prerogatives with administrative autonomy, the measurement and evaluation of performance, the transformation of administrative culture which requires a change in people’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviour, and balancing the requirement for uniformity with a wide diversity of regional circumstances. Sets out the implications of reform and offers case study examples of reform in practice.

Subject(s): CIVIL SERVICE, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, OBJECTIVES, PROFESSIONALISM, PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL, RECRUITMENT, PROMOTION, CORPORATE CULTURE, POLITICS, AUTONOMY

Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts RMI: Rapid Management Intelligence

Style: Case study. ISSN: 0271-2075. Reference: 28AS009

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