Radical Civil Service Reform in the United States: A Ten-Year Retrospective Stephen E. Condrey University of Georgia, USA R. Paul Battaglio, Jr. University of Nevada - Las Vegas, USA Presented at “Public Administration in the XXI Century: Traditions and Innovations”
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Stephen E. Condrey
University of Georgia, USA
R. Paul Battaglio, Jr.
University of Nevada - Las Vegas, USA
Presented at “Public Administration in the XXI Century: Traditions and Innovations”
Lomonosov Moscow State University School of Public Administration
Moscow, Russia – May 24-26, 2006
…the management of human resources is undergoing profound transition in concept and practice. A key component of this transformation is the dissolution of the traditional social contract at work: job security with good pay and benefits in exchange for employee commitment and loyalty. In the process, the longstanding American employment at-will doctrine, which was eroded in the latter part of the 20th century, has been revitalized and has spread to the public sector through civil service reform
Bowman & West 2006, p. 139
Percent Agreeing With Statements About
At-Will Employment for State Workers
Source: Peach State Poll, 2006 – 805 respondents
It is incumbent upon the field to recognize that at-will employment is more than a fleeting phenomenon, to seek explanations for its persistence and expansion, and to guide its implementation. The alternative is a diminished role for the field of public human resource management. Further research and dialogue is needed to continue to build upon this data and to shed further light into this yet not fully explored area of public human resource management.