Prof Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling

Research

Since the completion of my PhD on civil service reform in Hungary, my research has centred on topics related to civil service governance in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, the Europeanisation of national political systems in Europe East and West, and the institutionalisation of political time in the EU political system.

My projects have addressed the professionalisation of the civil service in the Western Balkans (funded by OECD-SIGMA), the sustainability of civil service reforms in the new member states after their accession to the EU (also funded by OECD-SIGMA), corruption and the management of the ministerial bureaucracy, the impact of traditions on administrative reform, rewards for high public office and party patronage in Europe.

I recently completed a project for the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) on 'The Quality of Human Resources Management in the Western Balkans'. The project concentrated on improving the quality of implementation in the area of merit recruitment and selection.

My current project focuses on the impact of civil service reform on corruption, clientelism and bureaucratic performance in transition and developing countries. It is funded by the British Academy – DfID Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme.

Civil service reform and anti-corruption in developing countries

I manage this project together with my colleague Dr Christian Schuster from University College London.

The project is based on the understanding that civil service reform is a central component of anti-corruption aid. Yet, reformers lack robust evidence and flexible instruments to gauge the effectiveness of distinct civil service designs in curbing corruption in developing countries. In part as a result, reforms overwhelmingly fail.

In our project, we examine the impact of civil service reform designs and management practices in key areas – recruitment, dismissal, pay, training and integrity management – on corruption, clientelism and bureaucratic performance to provide both new evidence and practical tools for future use by DfID and its partners.

The project combines survey experiments with public servants and qualitative case studies in eight developing countries in Africa (Ghana, Uganda), Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal), Latin America (Chile, Dominican Republic) and Eastern Europe (Estonia, Kosovo).

Improving the implementation of merit recruitment procedures in the Western Balkans - Project Team

In the context of the project I collaborated closely with Goran Pastrovic (ReSPA) and with colleagues from Denmark and the Western Balkans. They include

The findings of the project were presented at the 8th Annual ReSPA conference in November 2015 in Danilovgrad. The report will be published by ReSPA in 2016.

Civil service professionalisation in the Western Balkans – Project Team

In the context of the project, I collaborated closely with Francisco Cardona (then at SIGMA) and with a number of colleagues from Western Balkan countries, the UK and Germany. They include

The project was concluded with the publication of SIGMA Paper Nr 48 in September 2012.

Sustainability of civil service reforms in Central and Eastern Europe after EU accession

The project was completed with the publication of SIGMA Paper Nr 44 in May 2009.

In the context of the project, I collaborated closely with Francisco Cardona (then at SIGMA) and with colleagues from the new member states and the UK. The team included

Contact Details

School of Politics
& International Relations
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD

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