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Reinventing Westminster: how public executives reframe their world

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Rhodes, RAW and Wanna, J and Weller, P, Reinventing Westminster: how public executives reframe their world, Policy and Politics, 36, (4) pp. 461-479. ISSN 0305-5736 (2008) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1332/030557308X313705

Abstract

The rise of the new public management in the 1980s led to recurring challenges to the administrative traditions of the public service in Australia, Canada and the UK. This article analyses how the heads of the public service articulate the traditions of 'constitutional bureaucracy' found in Westminster systems of parliamentary government and selectively draws on past understandings to understand present-day changes. We describe traditions under challenge that reshape reforms as reforms reshape them. We conclude that the heads of public services have found 'space' or 'voice' to articulate innovative ways of combining past traditions with new organising principles of governance. In each case, it is not a question of 'in with the new, out with the old', but of 'in with the new alongside key components of the old'. The myths and legends of yore remain germane to the modern public service.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:WESTMINSTER SYSTEMS; TRADITION; CIVIL SERVICE; CONSTITUTIONAL BUREAUCRACY
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Political Science
Research Field:Comparative Government and Politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and Politics
Objective Field:Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Author:Rhodes, RAW (Professor Rod Rhodes)
ID Code:56168
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2009-03-29
Last Modified:2010-05-14
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