VOL. 6, NO. 2, PGS. 18–31


There is no Modernization without Professionalization
The Pending Subject in Latin America
Rafael Martínez Puón

Rafael Martínez Puón is the director of the National School of Government Professionalization of the National Institute of Public Administration (Mexico) and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is the author of La vuelta del Estado con una administración pública de calidad institucional.

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In recent decades, Latin American public administrations have taken important steps in many aspects related to the modernization of their public administrations. The issues are diverse, ranging from transparency, electronic government, open government, the fight against corruption, improvement in procurement systems, regulatory improvement, to professionalization through a professional or civil service career,1 albeit with slow steps. A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) entitled Panorama of Public Administrations in Latin America and the Caribbean [Panorama de las Administraciones Públicas América Latina y el Caribe] reports on these advances.

However, it is considered that there is still a long way to go in terms of professionalization and a lot of work to be done, which is why it is still considered to be the great unfinished business in Latin America. And why can it be said that it is the great unfinished business? The reason is very simple: because all modernization processes depend on it.

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