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Author Grindle, Merilee Serrill,
Title Jobs for the boys : patronage and the state in comparative perspective / Merilee S. Grindle.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.

Subject Civil service -- Case studies.
Public officers -- Selection and appointment -- Case studies.
Patronage, Political -- Case studies.
Civil service reform -- Case studies.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 316 pages) : illustrations
Summary "Grindle looks at the histories of public sector reform in six developed countries and compares them with contemporary struggles for reform in four Latin American countries. A historical, case-based approach allows her to take into account contextual differences between countries as well as to identify cycles that govern reform across the board. As a rule, she finds, transition to merit-based systems involves years and sometimes decades of conflict and compromise with supporters of patronage, as new systems of public service are politically constructed. Becoming aware of the limitations of public sector reform, Grindle hopes, will temper expectations for institutional change now being undertaken"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : Weber's ghost -- A system for all seasons -- Politics in the construction of reform -- Apres reform : deconstruction and reconstruction -- Latin America : patterns of patronage and politics -- Roots and branches -- Crafting reform : elite projects and political moments -- Ambiguous futures: the politics of implementation -- Conclusion: the politics of institutional creation and re-creation.
ISBN 9780674065185 (electronic bk.)
0674065182 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 835640157
Additional Format Print version: Grindle, Merilee Serrill. Jobs for the boys. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012 9780674065703 (DLC) 2011043156 (OCoLC)758244275