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Partisan Appointees and Public Servants

An International Analysis of the Role of the Political Adviser Edited by Chris Eichbaum, Reader in Government, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching),Victoria University of Wellington/Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui and Richard Shaw, Professor of Politics, Director (Arts Education), Massey University/Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa, New Zealand
This comparative collection examines the role of political staff in executive government and the consequences for policymaking and governance. Included are case studies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The evidence suggests that political staff are likely to be an enduring feature of executive government, which one contributor refers to as the ‘new public governance’ with attendant risks and opportunities for the conduct of politics and administration.
Extent: 240 pp
Hardback Price: £90.00 Web: £81.00
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84720 747 0
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • Public Policy
This comparative collection of original contributions examines the role of political staff in executive government and the consequences for policy-making and governance.

The leading contributors reveal that good governance is about governments getting the advice that they need to hear as well as the advice that they want to hear. They highlight the importance of ensuring that the advice is appropriately responsive to the policy priorities of the government of the day. In countries such as the United States, and in some European democracies, political appointments to senior administrative positions are not a new development. However, in recent years a third element – the political adviser – has also become a feature of policy-making and political management in Westminster-styled systems. This authoritative work seeks to illuminate the drivers behind the advent of political staff in executive government, and the consequences for policy-making and governance. This unique book includes case studies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Academics and postgraduates researching in public administration and management as well as political science will find this book invaluable. Policymakers in agencies responsible for public service leadership will also find much to interest them in this important book.
Contributors: P. Aucoin, B. Connaughton, C. Eichbaum, P. Fawcett, O. Gay, M. Maley, B.G. Peters, R. Shaw
Contents:

Introduction
Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw

1. The United Kingdom
Paul Fawcett and Oonagh Gay

2. Canada
Peter Aucoin

3. Australia
Maria Maley

4. New Zealand
Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw

5. Ireland
Bernadette Connaughton

6. The United States
B. Guy Peters

Conclusion
Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw

Index