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Human resource motivation in Romanian public administration - The European Union enlargement context


  • Cornea, Catalin-Ionut


Intrinsic motivation is widely considered by public administration scholars as fundamental for the Public Service Motivation (PSM). In apparently contradiction with the theory of PSM, the extrinsic motivation techniques, such as financial incentives, function better in Romanian public organizations, the reason being in general connected with the payment level for the public servants and their expectations for the work performed. In the context of new legal obligations arisen in the period of joining the European Union, Romanian public authorities recruited more employees. After 2008, influenced by lower budgets and political changes, this dynamic of human resources was inverted, in some places with very significant personnel fluctuations, leading to major misbalances of public service. Public servants cannot be motivated if they do not have the intrinsic motivation specific for the work in public service as defined by PSM theory. Thus, we consider that the actual recruiting system of public servants in Romania need to be reformed to introduce in public sector well equipped individuals. Although intrinsic, PSM is not immutable and can be lost. Public servants can loose PSM because of extrinsic motivational factors (low salary, lack of promotion, permanent structural changes of the organization, manager's disregard for procedures / law).

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  • Cornea, Catalin-Ionut, 2011. "Human resource motivation in Romanian public administration - The European Union enlargement context," Apas Papers 367, Academic Public Administration Studies Archive - APAS.
  • Handle: RePEc:nsu:apasro:367

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    1. Matei, Ani & Matei, Lucica, 2007. "Meritocratic Aspects Concerning Performance Evaluation in the Public Sector - A Case Study for Romania," MPRA Paper 18940, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Dec 2008.
    2. Lucica Matei, 2009. "Romanian Public Management Reform. Theoretical and empirical studies. Volume 2 - Civil service," Economics Books, The Economica Publishing House, edition 1, volume 2, number 02.
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    public service motivation; human resources; reform; public administrat ion;

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