Given common assumptions that the US will select the next President and there will be no merit-based selection process, I thought I’d check out what organisations that try to combat corruption thought of this idea.
Where better place to start than the institution that’s just launching a new governance and anti-corruption strategy, the same one that publishes worldwide governance indicators. Yes, it’s the World Bank. Here’s a couple of gems from their new draft strategy and implementation plan:
- From a table of governance and anti-corruption priorities identified in country consultations, we find: “stronger merit-based system for selecting civil servants”
- Indicators for the Bank’s country assistance strategy for Tajikistan include an “increase in merit-based recruitment for the public service”
And that’s just on a cursory read – I’m sure others can find more evidence that the Bank thinks merit-based, competitive appointments are essential for its client countries. But what about for itself?