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'What the Secretary Said Next: 'Public Rhetorical Leadership' in the Australian Public Service

Citation

Grube, DC, 'What the Secretary Said Next: 'Public Rhetorical Leadership' in the Australian Public Service, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70, (2) pp. 115-130. ISSN 0313-6647 (2011) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2011 The Author Australian Journal of Public Administration Copyright 2011 National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2011.00724.x

Abstract

Every year, senior departmental secretaries in Australia deliver keynote speeches to a range of audiences. What are these secretaries talking about, and to whom are they directing their comments? This article will examine keynote addresses by the secretaries of the two key central agencies in Australia - the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and The Treasury - over the calendar years 2009 and 2010. I argue that 'public rhetorical leadership' by secretaries poses challenges for traditional understandings of Westminster governance. Utilising the concepts of public value theory, the significance of this 'public rhetorical leadership' is assessed in terms of its impacts on policy implementation and questions of accountability. © 2011 The Author Australian Journal of Public Administration © 2011 National Council of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and Politics
Objective Field:Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
Author:Grube, DC (Associate Professor Dennis Grube)
ID Code:99018
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Faculty of Arts
Deposited On:2015-03-11
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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