Merit System


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Merit System

System used by federal and state governments for hiring and promoting governmental employees to civil service positions on the basis of competence.

The merit system uses educational and occupational qualifications, testing, and job performance as criteria for selecting, hiring, and promoting civil servants. It began in the federal government circa 1883. The merit system was established to improve parts of the governmental work force previously staffed by the political patronage or spoils system, which allowed the political party in power the opportunity to reward party regulars with government positions. The merit system has been adopted by state and local governments as well.

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Central to this mission is to ensure that Florida's voters have an opportunity 1) to learn about the history of the judicial merit system, 2) to learn about how the merit system has worked for nearly 40 years, 3) to learn about the critical roles judges fulfill in our constitutional democracy, and 4) to learn how vitally important it is that fair and impartial judges oversee Florida's courts to ensure confidence in our judiciary
Luc Juillet and Ken Rasmussen note that merit system debates go beyond technical and administrative considerations: "They are also debates about which fundamental values a public service should espouse in a democracy and about how to designa system that can reasonably uphold competing values" (2008: 7).
Recommendation: To help ensure that federal agencies are adhering to merit system principles and following proper procedures in making conversions of political to career positions, the Director, OPM should review five conversions we identified where it appears that certain agencies did not adhere to merit system principles, did not follow proper procedures, or engaged in other improprieties in making these conversions and determine whether additional actions are needed.
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All rule-relevant nodes previously selected from the ITN through the merit system, are used to build the subsystems in the HiNeFS hierarchy.
LWV of Hawaii studied the evolution of their state's merit system for selecting judges and created the foundation for a public education campaign.
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s, new personnel management system: (a) involvement of all employees in company management, (b) employee evaluation based on the merit system, and (c) internal human resource development and staff education.
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Beginning in the Fifties, less discrimination, a truer merit system and leveller playing fields existed inside the gates of military posts than in any southern city or northern corporation,' writes Powell.