The movement of personnel between employment in the public and private sectors, referred to as the “revolving door” phenomenon, raises particular attention in the context of the response of governments to the financial and economic crisis.
This OECD survey of 30 member countries shows that the vast majority of countries have established basic standards for preventing post-public employment conflict of interest. But few have tailored these standards to address risk areas and professions such as regulators or public procurement officials. Enforcing standards and imposing suitable sanctions remains a challenge for many countries.
The principles presented in this volume serve as a point of reference for policy makers and managers to review and modernise post-public employment policies. It is part of the pathfinding efforts of the OECD to promote public sector integrity for cleaner, fairer and stronger economies.
Table of contents:
Foreword Acronyms Executive Summary Chapter 1. Post-public employment: practices and concerns -Post-public employment: A practice on the rise -Concerns: Undermining the public interest -Public sector career: Changing patterns -Post-public restrictions vs. empoyment freedoms -Striking a balance -Structure and scope Chapter 2. Post-public employment problem areas -Seeking future employment -Post-public employment lobbying -Switching sides -Using insider information -Re-engaging or re-employing former officials Chapter 3. Principles for managing post-public employment problems -Introduction -Designing the Post-Public Employment Principles -Post-Public Employment Principles Chapter 4. Implementing the Post-Public Employment Principles: A good practice framework -Introduction -Implementation instruments -Post-public employment and hte overall values and integrity framework -Defining the coverage -Focus on risk areas -The "cooling-off" period -Communicating post-public employment rules -Authorities and arrangements -Enforcing the post-public employment system -Measuring effectiveness Chapter 5. The case of Norway -Introduction -Norwegian government administration: Forward-looking reforms and emerging challenges -Guidelines to address post-employment concerns -The Post-Employment Guidelines for the Public Service -Post-Employment Guidelines for Politicians -Standing Committee on Outside Political Appointments: Administrative procedures and experience with their application -The Ethical Guidelines for the Public Sector -The legal context of the guidelines: Their relationship with legislation