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Public sector appointments, political influence and performance: perceptions of the situation in Pakistan

Junaid Ashraf

Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2017, vol. 39, issue 3, 211-216

Abstract: Appointment processes are integral to the performance of an organisation and its staff, with competent people needing to be appointed and to have their performance valued and assessed appropriately. Concerning these matters, it is alleged that staff in the Pakistan public sector are often appointed on the basis of their personal political relations more than on their competence, with important implications for their performance and that of the organisations in which they are employed. Accordingly, this note explores the allegation drawing on responses to an administered questionnaire and some interviews. The findings, in the form of perceptions, are significant but equivocal concerning public sector appointments in Pakistan being subject to considerable political influence in ways that impact negatively on organisational performance.

Date: 2017
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