Staffing norms practice in Turkish public administration: a critical evaluation

Kalav İdrisoğlu, Feyza
Staffing norms practice has been used in some public institutions and agencies in Turkey for over ten years. It is claimed that this practice provides scientifical determination of cadre requirements in terms of quantity and quality, efficient and effective use of public human resource and recruitment of the right employee for the right cadre. On the other hand, this practice was transferred from management to public sector. Accordingly, there are some incompatible points between staffing norms practice based on job analysis and closed (career-based) Turkish Public Personnel system. The major aim of this study is to evaluate general consequences of the practice and its impact on public labour process and public service delivery. In this study, its relationship with new public management approach and the changing understanding of public employment within the framework of downsizing the state is discussed. In addition, the extent to which expectations have been met is analyzed. A field study which includes interviews with practitioners, personnel who worked at the human recourses departments of public institutions, and public service unions has been employed. Analysis revealed that staffing norms practice has functioned as a Neo- Taylorist instrument for preventing alleged overstaffing problem in Turkish Public Sector.


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Citation Formats
F. Kalav İdrisoğlu, “Staffing norms practice in Turkish public administration: a critical evaluation,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.