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Title: The Australian public service under the Keating Government: A case of weakened accountability?
Contributor(s): Kimber, M (author); Maddox, W Graham (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1108/09513550310456427
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Abstract: Managerial restructuring of the Australian public service during the period of the Keating Government was designed to provide greater responsiveness on the part of public servants to ministers. Increased use of ministerial advisers and the formalisation of contract employment for departmental secretaries pointed to a possible erosion of responsible government norms, but this process was moderated by tension between the private sector practices being introduced and an adherence to the traditions of responsible government. We suggest that a pragmatic approach to public sector reform partly accounted for this unease and we speculate that the more ideological commitment to managerialism displayed by the Howard Government might indicate that responsible government within the Commonwealth Public Service is in further danger of erosion.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Public Sector Management, 16(1), p. 61-74
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Place of Publication: Bradford, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1758-6666
Field of Research (FOR): 160509 Public Administration
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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