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New development: From private office to departmental court


Rhodes, RAW, New development: From private office to departmental court, Public Money and Management: Policy Journal of The Public Sector, 29, (3) pp. 191-200. ISSN 0954-0962 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09540960902891756


In the Rolls-Royce view of the private office, the minister gets what the minister wants. However, the private office’s job is not just to look after the ministers. It has the equally important jobs of co-ordinating the department’s work and resolving conflicts both inside the department and with other departments. Once we look at the work of the several central units that form the ‘departmental court’, it is clear there are several problems: fragmentation, rapid turnover of staff, burn out, recruitment, and an entrenched culture of long hours. To ensure departments have effective executives, we need to move beyond the minister’s private office and explore ways of strengthening the capacity and capability of their departmental courts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division: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:Political systems
UTAS Author:Rhodes, RAW (Professor Rod Rhodes)
ID Code:73540
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2011-10-13
Last Modified:2015-02-23

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