This publication reviews the effects of the reforms implemented under the `new public management' programme on the roles and conditions of service of permanent secretaries and directors in Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia. These countries introduced the contract system of employment, and their experiences highlight the importance of acknowledging context in considering the implications of the contract system, and the challenges of implementation.
Dr Philip Osei is a Senior Fellow of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He was a Commonwealth Academic Fellow in 2005. Dr Joan Nwasike is an adviser on Caribbean of the Commonwealth Secretariat. She began her public sector career at the Guyana Development Corporation, and spent over a decade in academia as senior lecturer and post-graduate dean at Ahmadu Bello University and senior lecturer at the University of Guyana.
Foreword Abbreviations and acronyms Summary 1. Introduction Conceptualising the delivery of the study Employment contracts in the public sector - a theoretical survey 2. Assessment of the Contract System of Employment for Senior Public Service Officers (Permanent Secretaries) References