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Study on the Political Involvement in Senior Staffing and on the Delineation of Responsibilities Between Ministers and Senior Civil Servants

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  • Alex Matheson

    (OECD)

  • Boris Weber

    (OECD)

  • Nick Manning

    (OECD)

  • Emmanuelle Arnould

    (OECD)

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Political involvement in administration is essential for the proper functioning of a democracy. Without this an incoming political administration would find itself unable to change policy direction. However public services need protection against being misused for partisan purposes, they need technical capacity which survives changes of government, and they need protection against being used to impair the capacity of future governments to govern.

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  • Alex Matheson & Boris Weber & Nick Manning & Emmanuelle Arnould, 2007. "Study on the Political Involvement in Senior Staffing and on the Delineation of Responsibilities Between Ministers and Senior Civil Servants," OECD Working Papers on Public Governance 6, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:govaaa:6-en
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