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The Turnover and Politicisation of Lithuanian Public Sector Managers

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This article presents the results of our research on party patronage and state politicisation in different Lithuanian public sector organisations (government agencies and agencies under the ministries, state-owned enterprises, personal health care and educational institutions). Although repeating alterations of governments best explained the frequent turnover of some public sector heads, their politicisation was related to the length of party rule in power, beliefs of the political and administrative elite and density of the party networks. The legal protection of civil service jobs was only important in the case of the agencies under the ministries whose managers always held career civil service positions. Furthermore, substantial variation in the scope of politicisation was related to such administrative factors as the political salience of policy areas and organisational functions, as well as budget size, which suggested different motivations and opportunities of party patronage in the Lithuanian public sector.

Corresponding author: Dr. Vitalis Nakrošis, Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, Vokiečių str. 10, Vilnius LT-01130, Lithuania, e-mail:


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Article note

This article is the result of research on party patronage and state politicisation in Lithuanian public sector organisations that was conducted by the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. The following researchers of this institute contributed to this research: V. Nakrošis, I. Bogušinskaitė, N. Laurišonytė, D. Likaitė and E. Čeponytė.

Published Online: 2014-12-6
Published in Print: 2015-4-1

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