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Back to the Future: Rediscovering the Lost Arts of the Victorian Mandarin


Grube, DC, Back to the Future: Rediscovering the Lost Arts of the Victorian Mandarin, Parliamentary Affairs: a journal of representative politics, 69, (3) pp. 708-728. ISSN 0031-2290 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/pa/gsv052


Under the conventions of the Westminster system, civil service mandarins of the twentieth century were expected to be discrete, impartial and anonymous as they unobtrusively carried on the business of government. Times have changed. The pressures of modern governance and a 24/7 media cycle are pulling contemporary public service leaders further into the public limelight, leading to concerns that they may become politicised. This article draws on an older civil service leadership tradition from the Victorian era, as embodied in the person of Charles Trevelyan, to argue that robust public engagement by mandarins need not lead to their politicisation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:civil service, mandarins, public administration, public leadership, Trevelyan,Westminster
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public administration
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Grube, DC (Associate Professor Dennis Grube)
ID Code:102921
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-09-11
Last Modified:2017-11-27

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