State government "little hatch acts" in an era of civil service reform: The state of the nation

James S. Bowman, Jonathan P. West

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The defining characteristic of modern public serviceĝ€" insulation of civil servants from political manipulation and protection of the public from partisan administration of the lawĝ€"is undergoing change as a result of contemporary civil service reform. It is in this context that ĝ€littleĝ€ state Hatch Acts, laws modeled after the 1939 federal statute, are examined. This exploratory analysis reports survey and interview data from officials charged with implementing their state's law to gauge its effectiveness in today's reform era. After a review of the literature and a description of the methodology, the findings are presented, followed by a discussion of their implications for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-40
Number of pages21
JournalReview of Public Personnel Administration
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009



  • Civil service reform
  • Hatch Act
  • Partisan politics
  • State government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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