The Need for Civil Service Reform in Lithuania: Civil Servants’ Position
Keywords:civil service, civil service reform, politicization of the civil service
AbstractThe article presents the opinion of Lithuanian civil servants on the need for the ongoing national civil service reform. Detailed assessment of reform content is presented with the highlight on respondents’ attitude towards different aspects of reform ( in the areas of civil servants recruitment, work organization of selection committees, career management, change of leadership roles, performance evaluation). According to the distribution of respondents’ answers, the article also reviews the areas where political connections are used the most, and analyses possible changes of the relationship between top-level civil servants and politicians in the process of ongoing reforms.
The article is based on the data of quantitative survey carried out on April – May 2011 and qualitative research with top-level public officials and politicians. During the research a questionnaire survey of civil servants was carried out with 400 respondents in total. Moreover, 50 top-level public officials and politicians were interviewed.