(Civil service; 03-03; p.2)
Although they may be of interest for all citizens,
no public discussions took place so far.
To clear one assumption at first: the commission
can hardly be seen as favour-doing club to legitimise job cuts;
seemingly objective cost-utility analysis has not been provided.
Composition and task
The commission had been brought into life two
years ago and consisted of 25 experts in total, among them 13
experts for civil service, five consultants, five managers of
multi-national companies and two trade unionists.
The group of specialists for civil service was formed of eight
scientists, i.e. mainly of jurists, and five professional administrators
(The report in German can be downloaded: Regierungskommission
"Zukunft des öffentlichen Dienstes - öffentlicher Dienst
der Zukunft": Bericht
der von der Landesregierung Nordrhein-Westfalen eingesetzten Kommission.
Keeping in mind that the composition of the
commission does not directly effect the results expected, one
can at least state that neither cheeky consultants nor stubborn
privilege defending bureaucrats were dominating the panel.
Invoking experts and information from Great Britain and Switzerland
as well as the balanced appointment of civil service specialists
and managers may indicate that a real interest in expertise about
The main task of the commission was to define
the main goals of the civil service in the future, how they should
be achieved and if or which changes have to be brought about to
It must be mentioned however that the civil service does not give
itself its fields of activities - its "input" for that
matter: consequently, the commission only analysed how processes
have to be re-arranged to achieve wanted results - in this sense
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