Efficiency Gains from Depoliticizing the Civil service in Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Michael Seifu


Current on the reform agenda in Ethiopia is the civil service reform. A comprehensive, well worked-out civil service reform has not yet been put in place despite transformation in the economic and political orientation governing the country a decade ago. Given the importance of the civil service in implementing economic policy, such delay might have hindered execution of different policy measures. The on-going civil service reform in Ethiopia constitutes five major components and control; I. Expenditure management and control II. Human resources management III. Service delivery; IV. Top management system; and V. Ethics Whether the proposed reform enhances overall civil service efficiency or no hinges critically on how each measure affects the incentive structure civil servant face. One such factor that has been shaping the incentive function over the past decades is the increasing ‘politicization’ of the service. The study makes use of theoretical insights from agent theory to argue that the politicization phenomenon has an adverse impact on service efficiency by distorting the utility function of civil service agents. Put differently, it identifies efficiency issue to argue for politicization of the service. Given availability of data, performance-based and /or attribute-based service efficiency indicators are used

Corporate Author:Gebrehiwot Ageba, Jemal Mohammed and Solomon Tesfay (Editors) , Ethiopian Economic Association(EEA) , Department of Economics of AAU & Fredrich Ebert Stifung
Publisher:Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors:government work force; Civil service

Secondary Descriptor:Civil service program

Geographic Descriptors:Ethiopia
Cataloge Date:02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading:Economic policy – Civil service reform
Call Number:338.963 PRO 2002
Serial Key Title:Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual conference on the Ethiopian economy
Publication catagory:Annual conference
Content type:EEA Publication
Publication date:2013-12-27 00:00:00
Forum or Discussion date:2013-02-27 00:00:00
Conference Place:Nov. 2-4, 2001, Nazareth, Ethiopia
PDF file: Michael Seifu_Efficency grains from depoliticizing the CS in Ethiopia.pdf
Place of publication:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material:Book
Current frequency:Annualy
Thematic area:Policy Reform, Implementation and outcome in Ethiopia
Author: Michael Seifu

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