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Public Human Resource Management : Problems and Prospects,9780136037699
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This collection of original manuscriptsrepresenting a cross-section of the timeliest scholarship in public personnel administrationexplores the theme of "problems and prospects" in public personnel administration.The contributions are organized into four broad sections: The Setting, The Techniques, The Issues, and Reform and the Future. Section One focuses primarily on the social, political, economic, and legal trends that have served as catalysts in the transformation of public personnel administration. Section Two is composed of selections that summarize developments in the practice of HRM, with special emphasis on emerging personnel techniques and the ways that traditional approaches to the staffing function are being revised. Section Three discusses and suggests responses to some of the most troublesome or pervasive issues in modern personnel management. The final section assesses the probable trends in the field's future, and analyzes the efficacy of recent reform efforts.For human resource personnel looking to broaden their perspective in the field.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Contributing Authorsp. xv
The Settingp. 1
Competing Perspectives on Public Personnel Administration: Civil Service, Patronage, and Privatizationp. 3
What Every Public Personnel Manager Should Know About the Constitutionp. 17
Human Resource Management in the Federal Government During a Time of Changep. 34
Personnel and Human Resource Management in the Statesp. 46
Local Government Personnel Administration: Heritage, Contemporary Practice, and Portentsp. 64
Personnel Recruitment and Retention in the Nonprofit Sectorp. 79
Techniquesp. 93
Strategic Human Resources Managementp. 95
The Trials and Tribulations of Performance Appraisal: Problems and Prospects in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 107
Employee Benefitsp. 123
Challenges in Motivating the Public Sector Employee: Theory and Practice in a Dynamic Environmentp. 142
Human Resource Metrics in Government: Measuring the Impacts of HRMp. 160
Planning for Today and Tomorrow: Workforce Planningp. 179
Employee Rights to Address Wrongs: Trends in State Government Grievance Practicesp. 203
The Issuesp. 217
Affirmative Action and Diversity in the Public Sectorp. 219
Gender and Workplace Issuesp. 236
HR Information Technology Systems in State Government: Findings from the 2007 Government Performance Projectp. 253
Ethics and Human Resource Managementp. 275
Current Developments in Public Sector Labor Relationsp. 290
Outsourcing Human Resources: Problems and Prospects for the Public Sectorp. 308
Conclusionp. 325
Turbulence in the Civil Service: Whither the Public Service Ethos?p. 327
Indexp. 339
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