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Civil Service Recruitment in Comoros : A Case of Political Clientelism in a Decentralized State

EMPLOYMENT CIVIL SERVANT COLLEGE GOVERNOR QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TEACHERS ADVANCED DEGREES POLITICS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT CIVIL SERVANTS UNIVERSITY GRADUATES LAWS PUBLIC EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES GOVERNMENT RESEARCH AGENDA GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS LEVELS OF EDUCATION POLITICIANS GOOD GOVERNANCE SERVICES PUBLIC SERVICES HIGHER EDUCATION MINISTER PAPERS SANCTIONS TECHNICAL SKILLS SOCIAL STRUCTURE PARLIAMENT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS CORRUPTION HIGH SCHOOLS OPEN ACCESS JOB SEEKERS TEACHING POSITIONS EDUCATION SECTOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ELECTION TIME QUALITY OF EDUCATION TRAINING TEACHER TRAINING GRADUATE AGREEMENTS CIVIL SOCIETY CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX DEMOCRACY POLITICAL POWER CANDIDATES MINISTRIES VIOLENCE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM JOB MARKET ORGANIZATIONS LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION UNIVERSITY DEGREES LEARNING GRADUATES RESEARCH REPRESENTATIVES MEDIUM PARLIAMENTS SERVICE DELIVERY EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TEACHING RULE OF LAW GOVERNANCE REFORMS LEGAL FRAMEWORK GRANTS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS POLICE OFFICERS PUBLIC SERVANTS DIASPORA INITIATIVES CORRUPTION PERCEPTION ELECTIONS ACCOUNTABILITY WORKERS POLICIES POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS SCIENCE TRANSPARENCY DISCRETION STUDENT SCHOOLS POLICE POLITICAL SYSTEMS POLICY MAKERS BANK NATIONAL GOVERNMENT MINISTRY OF EDUCATION EXPENDITURES LITERATURE INTEREST GROUPS DECISION MAKING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IRREGULARITIES PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS TRADE UNIONS STAFF SALARIES POLICY TEACHER MEDIA GOVERNANCE POLITICAL CHANGE HUMAN RESOURCES POLITICIAN PATRONAGE RULING PARTY REFORM PROCESS LAW UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL GOVERNORS AGREEMENT STRATEGY JOB SECURITY DEGREES GOVERNMENTS LIABILITIES PUBLIC SERVICE ELECTION POLITICAL INTERESTS SCHOOL CIVIL SERVICE POLITICAL LEADERS SERVICE RECRUITMENT PRACTICES HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FUTURE RESEARCH
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Comoros
2015-11-04T22:49:02Z | 2015-11-04T22:49:02Z | 2015-09

Professional civil service recruitment is a core component of governance for development, as it is necessary for ensuring the capacity of civil servants, service delivery, fiscal sustainability, and proper salary management. Through an ambitious mixed method approach, this study seeks to provide a political economy analysis of civil service recruitment in Comoros—a fragile and decentralized state with a relatively large portion of spending on government salaries. More specifically, it aims to explain the recent dramatic increases in the number of civil servants in Comoros. The paper presents three main findings from the analysis. First, in 2010, elections at the national and local levels were associated with the largest recruitment in the past decade, due in part to the interplay of informal institutions such as political clientelism with the current public financial management system. Second, the institutions involved in recruitment are not permanent; they are evolving with the balance of power between the national and island governments. Third, civil service recruitment respects qualification standards.

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