Reinventing Westminster: how public executives reframe their world

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Title Reinventing Westminster: how public executives reframe their world
Author Weller, Patrick Moray; Wanna, John; Rhodes, R.A.W
Journal Name Policy and Politics
Editor Misa Izuhara and Geetanjali Gangoli
Year Published 2008
Place of publication UK
Publisher The Policy Press
Abstract The rise of the new public management in the 1980s led to recurring challenges to the administrative traditions of the public service in Australia, Canada and the UK. This article analyses how the heads of the public service articulate the traditions of 'constitutional bureaucracy' found in Westminster systems of parliamentary government and selectively draws on past understandings to understand present-day changes. We describe traditions under challenge that reshape reforms as reforms reshape them. We conclude that the heads of public services have found 'space' or 'voice' to articulate innovative ways of combining past traditions with new organising principles of governance. In each case, it is not a question of 'in with the new, out with the old', but of 'in with the new alongside key components of the old'. The myths and legends of yore remain germane to the modern public service.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.policypress.co.uk/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557308X313705
Volume 36
Issue Number 4
Page from 461
Page to 480
ISSN 03055736
Date Accessioned 2009-03-13
Date Available 2009-11-20T05:19:03Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26764
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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