Country Profiles from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia
Edited by B. Guy Peters, Patrick von Maravić and Eckhard Schröter
Considerable attention has been paid to democratic consolidation in South Africa but substantively less has been written on public service transformation. There have only been a few comprehensive studies written on this topic (Picard, 2005; Cameron, 2009). Historically, white Afrikaner males held most middle and senior management positions in the country’s public service. In 1990, 96.9 percent of employees in the total income categories of the South African public service were white (Commonwealth Secretariat, 1991, p. 53). Apartheid also discriminated against white women, and very few held senior management positions. In 1994 South Africa had its first democratic elections and one of the priorities of the new African National Congress (ANC) government was to create a more representative bureaucracy. Unlike countries such as the United States of America, which focused on minority representation, the discourse around representative bureaucracy in South Africa is centered on the representation of the majority in the public service. This makes it an exceptional and interesting case study.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.