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The Changing World of Top Officials - Mandarins or Valets? (Paperback): R.A.W. Rhodes
The Changing World of Top Officials - Mandarins or Valets? (Paperback): R.A.W. Rhodes

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The Changing World of Top Officials - Mandarins or Valets? (Paperback)

R.A.W. Rhodes; Edited by Patrick Weller

Series: Public Policy & Management

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This book explores the roles and workings of the heads of government departments in six nations: departmental secretaries in Australia, departmentschefs in Denmark, directeurs d'administration in France, secretaris-generaal in the Netherlands, chief executives in New Zealand, and permanent secretaries in the UK. It also seeks to explore their 'infinite variety' by showing how inherited government traditions shape the response to reform. It examines how such reforms as privatization and contracting out have affected who does these jobs and how they do them. It asks whether the demands of the new public management have made departmental heads more accountable, more public and more vulnerable. For each of the six countries the authors give details of departmental secretaries' backgrounds, their career paths, their conditions of employment, their impacts, and their changing positions. Central to each chapter are short biographies or portraits of top officials with extensive quotations from interviews in which they talk about how they see their worlds and how, for instance, they now focus more on managing their departments and less on policy-making. The experience of senior public servants is brought vividly to life. This book is the first comprehensive, comparative portrait of top government officials, and is an important resource for students and scholars of politics, public policy and public management, and makes fascinating reading for all senior civil servants themselves.


Imprint: Open University Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Public Policy & Management
Release date: October 2001
First published: 2001
Authors: R.A.W. Rhodes
Editors: Patrick Weller
Dimensions: 228 x 154 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 290
ISBN-13: 978-0-335-20301-7
Barcode: 9780335203017
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Central government
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Central government > General
Books > Business & Economics > Industry & industrial studies > Civil service & public sector
LSN: 0-335-20301-9

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