This paper is split into two parts. In the first the issue of political influence and its relationship with occupational stability in the civil service is discussed. At the end of this part reasons are suggested for the political, bureaucratic, economic and organisational causes for the instability phenomenon in the public sector. In the second part the occupational situation of the Albanian public administration is explained in the light of the reasons stated above. This study argues that Albanian politicians tend to exploit personnel stability in order to direct administrative activity, to control bureaucratic performance and to achieve success at the ballots. On the contrary economic and organisational reasons for instability seem to be less important. The author concludes the study by proposing an escape-route with regard to the problem of occupational instability, from a perspective of modernisation of the Albanian public administration.
Keywords: Political influence, occupational stability, albanian administration