Merit-based Selection of Public Managers: Better Public Sector Performance?: An Exploratory Study

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Jun 2016
This qualitative study explores the degree to which the merit-based selectionof public managers leads to better public sector performance. Based on the
findings from eight case studies in Chile and Peru, the introduction of the
merit-based selection of public managers would have engendered a series of
improvements in the internal management and practices of organizations -more so than in institutional outcomes. Other intangible and perceived
benefits include the manager¿s higher level of legitimacy in, as well as a
stronger commitment to, the institution. The study also proposes a future
agenda for research.