Civil Service Reform in the States

Personnel Policy and Politics at the Subnational Level

Edited by J. Edward Kellough & Lloyd G. Nigro

Subjects: Management
Series: SUNY series in Public Administration
Paperback : 9780791466285, 342 pages, June 2006
Hardcover : 9780791466278, 342 pages, January 2006

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Table of contents


Personnel Policy and Public Management: The Critical Link
J. Edward Kellough and Lloyd G. Nigro

Part One: Civil Service Reform in the States: Process and Context

1. Social Values and Civil Service Systems in the United States
Donald E. Klingner

2. Reform Trends at the Federal Level with Implications for the States: The Pursuit of Flexibility and the Human Capital Movement
Hal G. Rainey

3. Classifying and Exploring Reforms in State Personnel Systems
Sally Coleman Selden

4. The Labor Perspective on Civil Service Reform in the States
Richard C. Kearney

5. Public Employment Reforms and Constitutional Due Process
Stefanie A. Lindquist and Stephen E. Condrey

Part Two: The Experiences of Selected States

6. Civil Service Reform in Georgia: A View from the Trenches
Lloyd G. Nigro and J. Edward Kellough

7. Florida’s Service First: Radical Reform in the Sunshine State
James S. Bowman, Jonathan P. West, and Sally C. Gertz

8. South Carolina’s Human Resource Management System: The Model for States with Decentralized Personnel Structures
Steven W. Hays, Chris Byrd, and Samuel L. Wilkins

9. The Decentralized and Deregulated Approach to State Human Resources Management in Texas
Jerrell D. Coggburn

10. Human Resources Reform in Arizona—A Mixed Picture
N. Joseph Cayer and Charles H. Kime

11. Prospects for Civil Service Reform in California: A Triumph of Technique Over Purpose?
Katherine C. Naff

12. Wisconsin State Government: Reforming Human Resources Management While Retaining Merit Principles and Cooperative Labor Relations
Peter D. Fox and Robert J. Lavigna

13. Civil Service Reform in New York State: A Quiet Revolution
Norma M. Riccucci

14. The States and Civil Service Reform: Some Lessons Learned and Future Prospects
Lloyd G. Nigro and J. Edward Kellough

List of Contributors


Assesses recent civil service reforms undertaken by state governments.


Civil Service Reform in the States examines the critical importance of civil service systems in modern government and popular efforts to reform those systems. The book provides an up-to-date analysis and assessment of public personnel reforms undertaken by various state governments since 1990 and the extent to which these reforms have been implemented or resisted. With chapters written by nationally recognized experts on civil service and civil service reform, this book will appeal to public policy makers, practitioners, and students alike.

J. Edward Kellough is Associate Professor and Director of the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Public Administration at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and Numerical Goals and Timetables: An Impact Assessment. Lloyd G. Nigro is Professor of Public Administration and Urban Studies at Georgia State University and the coauthor (with Felix A. Nigro) of The New Public Personnel Administration, Fifth Edition.