An Independent Institution of Governance? A New Statutory Civil Service in the Maldives

  • Mohamed Faizal
  • Rob Laking
Part of the Public Administration, Governance and Globalization book series (PAGG, volume 3)


The Civil Service Act of 2008 was the first of its kind in the Maldives and part of a major programme of reforms to the countrys governance, including a new Constitution and the introduction of multi-party democracy. This chapter presents an overview of the origins of the new Act and compares its main provisions with features of classical models of civil service. It argues that the Maldives version of the model is on the one hand a continuation of a tradition of centralised governance but, on the other, has removed significant features of civil service management from the direct control of the elected government. So far, it seems to have largely removed the control of the elected government over employment matters; led to more widespread application of merit principles in appointment; created a more politically neutral civil service; and successfully implemented a retirement age and a contributory pension scheme. On the other hand there are still tensions between on the one hand the Act’s basic principle of neutral competence and duty of civil servants to the elected government; and between the centralized administrative model and the decentralized political governance model; and the government has sought to reduce the scope of the provisions of the Act by removing significant numbers of civil servants from its coverage.


Civil Service Pension Scheme Reform Agenda Constitutional Reform Administrative Reform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Institute of Governance and Policy StudiesVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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