The Greek civil service has always been the butt of many jokes by the country’s citizens. It’s renowned ineffectiveness often brings misery and frustration to millions of Greeks.
This time it has been properly assessed and ranked along other developed countries by a survey from the University of Oxford. The results published this week confirm the dismal state of the Greek civil service.
Greece is third from bottom in International Civil Service Effectiveness Index (InCiSE) which draws together a wealth of existing data to provide a concise assessment of how a country’s central government civil service is performing compared with others around the world.
The first of its kind, the InCiSE Index covers 31 countries across Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia.
By assessing civil service effectiveness based on how the civil service delivers its functions, the Index reveals what countries do well and where they can improve.
Canada is ranked top overall of this inaugural Index, followed by New Zealand and Australia respectively. When scores are adjusted for GDP per capita (to take account of countries’ relative wealth and thus the potential resources available for civil service operations) then Estonia is ranked top overall, followed by Mexico and New Zealand respectively.
The InCiSE Index is a collaboration between the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and the Institute for Government. The project has been supported by the UK Civil Service and is funded by the Open Society Foundations.