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Public Service Evolution in the 15 Post-Soviet Countries

Diversity in Transformation

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Assesses what has been achieved with respect to public administration and civil service reform

  • Explores how these countries progressed in reforming their public administration

  • Provides an analysis of the relevant reforms, measured against the objectives enshrined in the United Nations

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. 30 Years of Transformation: A Comparative Assessment

    • Alikhan Baimenov, Panos Liverakos
    Pages 1-49
  3. Civil Service Reform in the Republic of Azerbaijan

    • Bahram Khalilov, Afag Huseyn
    Pages 77-105
  4. Reform of the Civil Service in the Republic of Belarus: Insights and Challenges

    • Henadzi Palchyk, Valery Baradzenia, Natallia Bandarenka
    Pages 107-134
  5. Public Service Development in Estonia : From Patronage to Meritocracy

    • Tiina Randma-Liiv, Cerlin Pesti, Külli Sarapuu
    Pages 135-166
  6. Georgian Civil Service Since Regaining Independence

    • Catherine Kardava
    Pages 167-198
  7. Kazakhstan: Progress and Its Paradoxes

    • Alikhan Baimenov, Maxut Uteshev, Gulimzhan Suleimenova
    Pages 199-249
  8. Transition of the Civil Service System in the Republic of Moldova

    • Adrian Ermurachi, Mihai Furnica
    Pages 365-401
  9. Tajikistan: Civil Service and Public Administration Reforms in the Years of Independence

    • Dzhuma M. Davlatov, Zaynidin M. Mukhtorov, Fariza Ergasheva-Mamadievna
    Pages 463-485
  10. Formulation and Development of the State Service of Turkmenistan

    • Akja Tadzievna Nurberdiyeva, Murad O. Khaitov
    Pages 487-500
  11. Civil Service Reform in Ukraine

    • Kostiantyn Vashchenko
    Pages 501-548
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 573-579

About this book

A unique study of public service evolution in the 15 post-soviet countries from independence to date. It reveals the diversity in their transformation shaped by historical and cultural traditions and the soviet legacy they inherited, as well as by the impact of the political will of ruling elites, all of which influenced the socio-economic and governance models these countries adapted.

Its value lays with the fact that it is a collaborative outcome of prominent practitioners, who actively participated in the transformation process, and leading scholars representing all 15 post-soviet countries. It is valuable addition to the body of knowledge of public administration, allowing for improved understanding of the complexity and depth of change that has taken place over the past 30 years. It provides an in-depth analysis of the public service reform process; a subject relevant to the countries of the Region and beyond. 

Reviews

“This is the first study to ask why the fifteen post-Soviet countries have witnessed remarkably divergent results from public service reform. Transformation of public administration ultimately turned out everywhere to depend on constructive power relations. In addition, historical, economic, and organisational factors proved significant for institutionalising professionalism, depoliticisation and meritocracy in the civil service. This work tacitly suggests how experiences across the former USSR, offer significant lessons relevant not only for each other but also for other regions.” (Max Everest-Phillips Former Director of Governance at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and of the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence in Singapore)

“This is the first professional study of the 30 transformative years of each and all of the 15 former Soviet Republics. Social and economic developments are linked with civil service reforms and comparatively analysed and assessed. This book deepens knowledge and advances vital understanding of these issues, making it essential reading.” (Chester A. Newland, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, University of Southern California; Former President of ASPA)

“This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand overall civil service reforms in the post-Soviet countries.  It illustrates 15 case studies, and it offers an in-depth comparative analysis of the process of reforming civil service and linking it to the success of socioeconomic transformation in post-soviet countries.” (Pan Suk Kim, Member of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and International Director of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA); Former Minister of Personnel Management of the Republic of Korea and Former IIAS President)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Astana Civil Service Hub, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

    Alikhan Baimenov, Panos Liverakos

About the editors

Alikhan Baimenov, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Astana Civil Service Hub; has held ministerial and other leading public positions and has been a member of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Panos Liverakos, Member of the Advisory Board of the Astana Civil Service Hub; has served as Chief Technical Advisor/Team Leader with UNDESA and UNDP for many years.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Public Service Evolution in the 15 Post-Soviet Countries

  • Book Subtitle: Diversity in Transformation

  • Editors: Alikhan Baimenov, Panos Liverakos

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-2462-9

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-2461-2Published: 01 February 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-2464-3Published: 02 February 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-2462-9Published: 31 January 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXVII, 579

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 82 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Economy-wide Country Studies, Development Economics, Public Economics

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Softcover Book USD 179.99
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