The belief that the public sector should be a repository of good employment practice and provide a model or standard to which private-sector companies should aspire. The notion that the state should act as a model or good employer was influential through much of the twentieth century; however, imperfectly it was realized in practice. Increasingly, though, it is assumed that the best practice is found in the private sector and that the public sector should follow, not lead. A concrete manifestation of this change in policy in the UK has been the appointment of private-sector managers to senior positions in public services and state enterprises.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.