The Causes and Consequences of CivilService Reform in U.S. States
Early Career Research Award
Understanding the causes and consequences of civil service reform is relevant for the fields of economics, political science and public administration, however, there is little theoretically motivated, rigorous empirical research on the topic. This project will study civil service regulations both empirically and theoretically in order to reach conclusions relevant for several fields in social science and inform policy experiments currently under way in many U.S. states and countries around the world. It collects a unique new dataset on civil service regulations in U.S. states since the beginning of the merit reforms in the early 20th century up to the present. This dataset, to be made freely available for subsequent research, will help establish a knowledge-base on civil service reforms upon which economists, political scientists, and public personnel administration scholars can build.