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 Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program  

for the  30th NISPAcee Annual Conference
  Program Overview
WG10: Politico-Administrative Relations in CEE
Author(s)  Katarina Staronova 
  Comenius University
Bratislava  Slovakia
Marek Rybář, Masaryk University Brno, Czech republic 
 
 Title  Trust Or Competencies? Exploring Personal Ties between Senior Civil Servants and Politicians
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Presenter(s)  Katarina Staronova
Abstract  
  
Examining the question of politicization in the context of high turnover among meritocratic civil servants, this paper discusses the role of trust when politicians seek responsiveness. We begin by defining what politicisation means in a highly politicized context, which might differ from traditional understanding. Second, we investigate how politicization has manifested itself in relations between senior civil servants and politicians, their attitudes, assumptions, behavior and decision-making. Our findings suggest that individual ministers retain considerable autonomy from their parties in patronage appointments and thus can employ their own criteria of perceived need for the leadership of a ministry. We can analytically differentiate between reasons to dismiss the standing civil servants and the reasons to appoint new ones. In the former, negative trust plays the key role: Ministers do not believe they can rely on the inherited managerial level of civil servants. In the latter, positive trust is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for appointment. As ministers are under pressure to deliver results to their principals (voters and parties), they also value expertise and competencies, a commodity that is in short supply both within their parties and in their ministries. Our findings suggest that they often tend to solve the problem by turning to their personal networks, drawing suitable appointees from their pre-political careers and non-political circles.