SIGMA Papers

SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) is a joint initiative of the OECD and the EU, principally financed by the EU. SIGMA Papers is a series of specialised reports that are focused on particular issues in governance and management, such as expenditure control, administrative oversight, interministerial co-ordination, public procurement and public service management.

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Analysis of the Professionalisation of the Senior Civil Service and the Way Forward for the Western Balkans

Professionalisation of the senior civil service (SCS) is a key determinant of organisational performance in the public sector. It helps governments fulfil policy objectives. Building a professional SCS involves the development of both professional competence and political responsiveness. However, SCS professionalisation remains one of the main challenges in the public administrations of the Western Balkans.

This paper provides an overview of the state of play in the Western Balkans based on the Principles of Public Administration elaborated by SIGMA, and on other OECD analytical work, and suggests ways forward. The paper demonstrates that most of the current systems are not yet capable of producing a professional SCS. The paper intends to help senior-ranking decision makers, both at the political and SCS level, to design policies and institutions to support greater professionalism of the SCS.


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