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Responsibility to be Enthusiastic? Public Servants and the Public Face of 'Promiscuous Partisanship


Grube, DC, Responsibility to be Enthusiastic? Public Servants and the Public Face of 'Promiscuous Partisanship, Governance (Online), 28, (3) pp. 305-320. ISSN 1468-0491 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/gove.12088


© 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc 28 3 July 2015 10.1111/gove.12088 Original Articles Original Article © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.Contemporary public service leaders are no longer the anonymous mandarins of Westminster folklore. Whether giving public speeches to outside organizations or communicating directly with the media, senior public servants are emerging from anonymity to become public actors in their own right. This article undertakes a comparative study across four Westminster jurisdictions-Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom-to examine the formal rules and guidelines that apply to public servants when making public statements in their official capacity. Drawing on the late Peter Aucoin's notion of "promiscuous partisanship," the article argues that public servants are expected to demonstrate a new level of enthusiasm when explaining or justifying government policy to the public. This has implications for the extent to which nonpartisanship can continue to effectively function within Westminster systems. Copyright

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division: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
UTAS Author:Grube, DC (Associate Professor Dennis Grube)
ID Code:99007
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Arts, Law and Education
Deposited On:2015-03-11
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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