Hidden costs of cuts: austerity, civil service management and the motivation of public officials in Central and Eastern Europe after the crisis

Meyer-Sahling, Jan-Hinrik and Janta, Barbara and Reinholde, Iveta and Van Stolk, Christian (2016) Hidden costs of cuts: austerity, civil service management and the motivation of public officials in Central and Eastern Europe after the crisis. European Journal of Government and Economics, 5 (2). pp. 120-137. ISSN 2254-7088

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Abstract

The implementation of austerity measures presents a dilemma for governments. While austerity measures such as cutbacks aim to reduce costs and enhance public sector efficiency, the same measures might undermine the motivation of employees and, consequently, the prospects of effectively implementing austerity programmes. Based on a survey of ministerial officials in Poland and Latvia, this article finds that the scale of cutbacks explains a larger decline of staff motivation in Latvia than in Poland. The article further shows that motivation was more likely to decrease after the crisis if austerity measures involved cutbacks such as staff reductions, recruitment freezes, and a reduction of training opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Economic crisis; austerity; cutbacks; civil service reform; motivation; Central and Eastern Europe
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 09:38
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 20:27
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42296

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