Understanding the meaning of politicisation of hte employment relationship through historical analysis

Pacific Employment Relations Association
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Proceedings of the 9th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference - Workforce Planning in times of Crisis and Change, 2010, pp. 155 - 167
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For more than one hundred years, Australian governments have supported the principle that the employment relationship of public servants should be independent of direct control by politicians. In recent decades, concern has been expressed that the independence of public servants has been undermined and that they have become politicised. Scholarly examination of the issue has been somewhat limited by the absence of a clear definition of what is meant by politicisation, with the term being associated both with the exercise of control over the human resource management (HRM) elements of the relationship as well as the tasks performed by public servants. The purpose of this paper is to establish a valid definition of politicisation through historical analysis of the patronage and the independent civil service systems of employment.
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