Recruitment And Selection Issues Within The Bureac Essay

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THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES GOVT 1007: ISSUES IN CARIBBEAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION ISSUES WITHIN THE BUREACRACY OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE AVRIL PURCELL 811006000 MARC CHANDLER 811000680 JINNY SUE 811006235 NADIA COOKE 811005570 WARREN ANDERSON 810005616 21 March 2012 Table of Contents THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK 3 OVERVIEW OF THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE 7 CASE STUDY 11 Contract workers 13 Theory vs. Practice 14 CONCLUSION 19 BIBLIOGRAPHY 20 APPENDICES 22 Appendix 1 22 Appendix 2 24 Appendix 3 26 THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK The Bureaucratic structure within the Public Service of Trinidad and Tobago owes its origins to the Colonial System handed down by the British. This system was a rigid one, highly centralized and the administration was for the purpose of extracting resources from the colony and shipping to Britain. Therefore all centralized decisions took place in Britain. Since Trinidad and Tobago gained independence in 1962 there have been many attempts to reform this structure and move away from some of the problems that it inherits. However, if we study the work of Max Weber (1864-1920) we find that once a Bureaucracy functions the way it is supposed to that these problems may not even exist. Following Weber’s theory on Bureaucracy we see that a Bureaucracy is based on the Division of Labour which is placed in a Hierarchy where authority sits atop and decisions from the top down. Additionally, the Bureaucracy is further defined by the rules and regulations that guide operations within. These rules and regulations referred to in laymen’s terms as “red tape” are meant to keep the Public Service functioning free from Political interference. Other functions of Weber’s bureaucracy include the collection of data

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