Comparative Civil Service

  • Joseph Antwi-BoasiakoEmail author
  • Isaac Nyarko
  • Ama Kissiwah Boateng
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Finer (1925) defines civil service as a professional body of officials who have been employed to a permanent job and are paid based on the skills and qualities they possessed.

Recruitment in the civil service is about finding suitable and sufficient number of employees to fill vacancies in the civil service.


The term “civil service” has been explained by various scholars varying from country to country. According to Kettl (2013), there must be in place some features to qualify a civil service across countries. To him, in all the civil service across countries, employees should be paid according to their rank and all employees should be protected from any form of political interference. Finer (1925) adds that the civil service should employ people into a public permanent job and be paid on the skills they have. Again, the employees of the civil service should be recruited based on merit and not through patronage...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Antwi-Boasiako
    • 1
    Email author
  • Isaac Nyarko
    • 1
  • Ama Kissiwah Boateng
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public Administration and Health Services ManagementUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana
  2. 2.Faculty of Public Governance and Administration SciencesNational University of Public ServiceBudapestHungary