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The Implementation Process

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In 1996, the government of Malawi adopted a Civil Service Action Plan, following the World Bank's advice. This plan, primarily drafted by consultants of the British ODA at the World Bank's behest, listed eight "strategic" objectives. These objectives can easily be subsumed under the primary topoi of civil service reform, promoted by the World Bank and the IMF: privatisation, expenditure control and retrenchment, performance improvement and "ownership" of the reform. This chapter addresses the questions on: what was actually done to achieve these objectives; which actions were taken, which orders were issued and which orders were obeyed. It turns from the realm of policy discourse to the actual implementation process of the civil service reform and investigates their relationship to each other. The chapter shows how the civil service reform was shaped by a number of influences outside the scope of the policy measures.

Keywords: IMF; implementation process of civil service reform; Malawi; World Bank



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