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.

Since 2015, I have conducted two projects for the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) on 'The Quality of Human Resources Management in the Western Balkans'. The projects have concentrated on improving the quality of implementation in the area of merit recruitment and selection.

My most recent project focused on the impact of civil service reform on corruption, clientelism, public service motivation and bureaucratic performance in transition and developing countries. It was funded by the British Academy – DfID Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme.

Since January 2019, I work on a project on ethics training and corruption in the civil service in developing countries funded by the Global Integrity - Department for International Development Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme (Gi-ACE).

Ethics training and corruption in the civil service in developing countries

I manage this project together with my colleagues Dr Christian Schuster from University College London and Kim Sass Mikkelsen from Roskilde University.

The project develops state-of-the-art ethics trainings for civil servants in Nepal and Bangladesh and assesses the consequences of training participation for ethical behaviour in the civil service. Our project partners include

Civil service reform and anti-corruption in developing countries

I managed this project together with my colleagues Dr Christian Schuster from University College London and Kim Sass Mikkelsen from Roskilde University between 2016 and 2018.

The project was 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 examined the impact of civil service management practices in key areas – recruitment, career advancement, pay, performance evaluation, dismissal, and integrity management – on corruption, clientelism, public service motivation and bureaucratic performance to provide both new evidence and practical tools for future use by DfID and its partners.

For the project, we conducted large scale surveys of public servants in ten developing countries in Africa (Ghana, Uganda, Malawi), Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal), Latin America (Chile, Brazil) and Eastern Europe (Estonia, Albania, Kosovo). Our partners included

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

The first project was implemented in 2015. Together with my colleagues, we conducted an update of the merit recruitment study in the autumn of 2018. They include

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

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

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