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This article begins with an examination of the design of the United States governmental system – ‘separated institutions sharing powers’ – and the lack of attention that the framers of the American Constitution gave to the administrative arm of the...
Evaluating executive agencies is important even though most government and academic interest is currently focused on ‘modernising government’, ‘e-government’, ‘joined-up’ government and ‘partnership’ working. Firstly, executive agencies are a...
The legislation creating the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales in 1999 specified that Scottish and Welsh officials would continue to be part of the Home Civil Service, and would not follow the model of the separate Northern Ireland Civil...
A brief exploration of the thematic links between ‘modernisation’, devolution and official accountability shows that, while ‘modernisation’ per se, in its ‘micro’ forms has had a mixed impact on civil service accountability, there...
The article critically reviews the ‘professional’ policy-making model advanced by the Cabinet Office’. report on Professional Policy-making for the Twenty-First Century. It argues that it is inadequate as a model of strategic policy making on three...
Laments about the decline of public morality and the public service ethos have found expression from across the political spectrum. The age of modernity (or post-modernism) makes more difficult, though by no means impossible, the maintenance of a...
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