Challenges for public sector human resources management in the recent economic downturn
Date: 15/11/2010
Version: Final
Publisher Regional Centre for Public Administration Reform
Year of Publication September 2010
Document Type Report
Author/Editor Katri Vintisa


This paper presents a comparative analysis of the current challenges facing public sector human resources management in selected countries of the region, in the context of the global economic downturn. This crisis has affected Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Ukraine unevenly. The main purpose of the research has been to consolidate experiences and lessons learned, focusing on current challenges posed by the crisis and the possible impact on HRM, now and in the future.

The research puts emphasis on changes in HRM practices which may have been prompted by, and directly or indirectly affected by the crisis. The research is based mainly on the opinions, observations and experience of HRM professionals from institutions in the countries involved. No independent research has been undertaken to verify the accuracy of the information submitted. One of the main outputs of the research is the collection of experiences and examples of good practices in 10 different countries in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.  


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