Lithuania’ s Civil Service Challenges in XXI Century

Kęstutis Masiulis


Article methodically analyses external and internal obstacles for further development of civil service in Lithuania. Most important challenges are identified as the need for change of existing governance paradigm fr om administrative to management, and this need is coming from dynamic changes in XXI century and society’ s growing demand for democratic governance. Second challenge is identified as narrowing professional specialisation of politicians that raises the need for specific competency in political decision making. Second half of article identifies and analyses following essential internal challenges for civil service in Lithuania: value system that doesnot match management practice; mismatch between raised strategic goals and existing human capital; too strong juridical regulation of civil service; lack of leadership and management skills; poorly organized system for competency development and retention; poorly specialised employment system; lim ited material and immaterial opportunities to motivate employees.


civil service in Lithuania; reform of civil service

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