The public sector as a distinctive employer: Resilience and renewal?

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The public sector comprises a prominent and labour-intensive sector across the OECD, with the state using its unique position to aspire to be a ‘best practice’ employer. Highlighting the distinctive context of HRM in the public sector, the chapter examines continuing challenges in fulfilling the state’s aim to be an exemplary employer. The renewal and resilience of HR approaches is seen as impacted by reforms in public sector service delivery with the blending of hierarchy, market and networks. Key HR policy areas are used to examine the extent of change in the sector. The chapter notes international variations in HR practice and makes specific reference to Britain as a critical case in the reform of public sector HRM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on HRM in the Public Sector
Subtitle of host publicationElgar Handbooks in Public Administration and Management
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781789906622
ISBN (Print)9781789906615
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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