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Towards More Effective and Dynamic Public Management in Mexico

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This public governance review of Mexico examines the regulatory framework in Mexico, explains how e-government could be used to find new approaches to old challenges, and looks at the challenge of professionalising public servants in Mexico.

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The challenges of professionalising public servants in Mexico

Fair, dynamic and strategic management of the public workforce is assumed to be a critical variable for developing a high-performing public sector and building a modern government administration. This chapter analyses the main strengths and windows of opportunity of the Professional Career Service System (Sistema del Servicio Profesional de Carrera) implemented by the Mexican government to install merit-based personnel policies and practices in the federal central public administration. The discussion includes: strategic workforce planning, provisions for ensuring equity and transparency to access public employment, arrangements for career development and promotion, performance management, and the political-administrative interface. Moreover, the chapter includes a discussion on the elements that would facilitate the implementation of the Professional Career Service system, such as: a focus on core values, the need to align the system to the strategic goals of government, a clear division of human resource management (HRM) responsibilities, and the c

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