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Civil Service Management in Devolved Government: Reconciling Local Accountability and Career Incentives in Pakistan


  • Musharraf Rasool Cyan

    () (Research Associate, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Public Policy Studies, Georgia State University)


This paper looks at the case of Pakistan’s decentralization reform of 2001– 09 and its impact on civil service management. A key point made in this paper is that the relationship between organizational change and civil service is, by no means, unidirectional. The issues are viewed in the context of decentralization, its opportunities, and outcomes for efficiency and equity. We then evaluate whether administrative decentralization has enhanced or diminished the potential for political and fiscal decentralization for service delivery in Pakistan.

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  • Musharraf Rasool Cyan, 2012. "Civil Service Management in Devolved Government: Reconciling Local Accountability and Career Incentives in Pakistan," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 17(Special E), pages 425-445, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:lje:journl:v:17:y:2012:i:sp:p:425-445

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    1. Robert Pyper, 1999. "The Civil Service: A Neglected Dimension of Devolution," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(2), pages 45-49, April.
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    Decentralization; government; civil servant; Pakistan.;

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    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General


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