Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector

Post-Public Employment

Good Practices for Preventing Conflict of Interest

Published on August 23, 2010

Also available in: French

The movement of personnel between employment in the public and private sectors, referred to as the “revolving door” phenomenon, raises particular attention in the context of the response of governments to the financial and economic crisis. This OECD survey of 30 member countries shows that the vast majority of countries have established basic standards for preventing post-public employment conflict of interest. But few have tailored these standards to address risk areas and professions such as regulators or public procurement officials. Enforcing standards and imposing suitable sanctions remains a challenge for many countries. The principles presented in this volume serve as a point of reference for policy makers and managers to review and modernise post-public employment policies. It is part of the pathfinding efforts of the OECD to promote public sector integrity for cleaner, fairer and stronger economies.


Executive Summary
Post-public employment: practices and concerns
Post-public employment problem areas
Principles for managing post-public employment problems
Implementing the Post-Public Employment Principles: A good practice framework
The case of Norway
Annex 5.A1. Post-Employment Guidelines for Politicians
Annex 5.A2. Post Employment Guidelines for the Public Service
Annex 5.A3. Ethical Guidelines for the Public Service
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