Overblown or Overload? Ministerial Staff and Dilemmas of Executive Advice

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Title Overblown or Overload? Ministerial Staff and Dilemmas of Executive Advice
Author Tiernan, Anne-Maree
Journal Name Social Alternatives
Editor Don Fletcher
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher Social Alternatives
Abstract Ministerial staff provide essential support to overworked ministers, but their position within Australia's system of government is unclear. Their involvement in a variety of controversies has raised questions about whether they pose a challenge to traditional Westminster principles, particularly relationships between ministers and their public service advisers. Ministerial staff are growing in number and power, but fall outside parliamentary scrutiny; their presence may allow ministers to evade responsibility. There is an obvious management gap in their supervision. Better ways must be found to accommodate their presence and prevent damage being done to political institutions and processes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.socialalternatives.com/
Alternative URI http://www.socialalternatives.com/catalogue.php?yrs=2006
Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Social Alternatives. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this publisher. Please use the hypertext link above to access the journal's website or contact the author for more information.
Volume 25
Issue Number 3
Page from 7
Page to 12
ISSN 0155-0306
Date Accessioned 2007-02-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Australian Government and Politics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/12584
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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