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Merit-Based Pay and Employee Motivation in Federal Agencies 1–10 : Brookings Institution Press , November , 2013

November 2013

Brookings Institution Press

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From the executive summary: “Since the 1990s, the New Public Management agenda has spurred critical changes to the federal government’s merit system. One example is limits on job security; a second is the innovation of merit-based pay systems.1 The movement toward merit-based pay systems, such as those seen in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD), is rooted in a desire to better align pay and performance. Yet, governments have often failed in such attempts and many conclude that merit-based pay may not work in public organizations. Public administration scholars have sought to understand those implementation failures.”

Authors - Whitford, Andrew B., Choi, Sungjoo



Whitford, Andrew B., Choi, Sungjoo


Brookings Institution Press


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