American Public Service: Radical Reform and the Merit System by James S. Bowman, Jonathan P. West

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Missouri, meanwhile, is undergoing a housecleaning in which many workers in a variety of agencies have lost their career protections. Through both formal and informal means, the most heavily impacted agencies include Health and Human Services, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Aging. fm Page 12 Tuesday, September 5, 2006 1:47 PM 12 Ⅲ American Public Service Nevada situation is somewhat murkier, in that it rests on pending legislation that would increase the governor’s appointment power fourfold.

One primary focus of this research has been on the relative placement of personnel responsibility or authority in state governments, exploring the implications of various forms of centralization and decentralization of the personnel function. Hou et al. [8] discussed the movement from personnel centralization in a central office, such as a civil service commission or office of human resources, to decentralization with responsibility for personnel actions placed under the individual control of department managers.

West NOTES 1. , The Foundation of Merit: Public Service in American Democracy, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1995. 2. , Patronage: An American Tradition, Nelson Hall, Chicago, 1994. 3. Werhane, P. , Employment and Employee Rights, Blackwell, Malden, MA, 2004. 4. Parts of that discussion are drawn from Bowman et al. [20]. 5. , Radical Reform of the Civil Service, Lexington Books, New York, 2001. 6. , Civil Service Reform in the States, State University of New York Press, Albany, 2006.

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