The attraction to at-will employment in Utah Governments

Richard Green, Robert Forbis, Jennifer Robinson, Stephen Nelson, Jennifer Seelig, Angela Stefaniak

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This article explores the mindset among Utah politicians and public administrators regarding at-will employment and related personnel reforms. At-will employment status is expanding in some Utah governments, and little is known about why. A small but influential group of officials were interviewed in hopes of learning more about this. Findings reveal a wide variation in attitudes and understanding of what at-will employment entails. Many of those interviewed expressed a willingness to consider it, and others showed stoical acceptance of it as another emerging feature of public personnel policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-551
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Accountability
  • At-will
  • Merit
  • Public employment


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