This new book offers an informed and controversial examination of
the ethics of higher civil servants in Britain and the ways in
which they have been undermined by recent developments in public
How should public servants behave? How should they be encouraged to
think ethically? How should they be motivated to do so? Focussing
on the role of public service, public duty and the public interest
in the twenty-first century, Barry O'Toole seeks to answer these
important questions and looks at the emergence of "new public
management," the increasingly important role of "special advisers"
and the decline of the public service ethos under New Labour.
"The Ideal of Public Service" explores some of the key
contributions to the development of ideas about public service in
the context of British central administration and provides a
discussion of recent trends in administrative practice in the UK.
Combining political theory and an analysis of the history and
development of the civil service, this timely book will be of
strong interest to those researching British Politics, Governance
and Public Policy.
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