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Authority Versus Democracy
Authority Versus Democracy

Government organizations require executive capacity to deliver the programs and services of which they have been placed in charge. Such capacity to act – getting things done – is paramount to these organizations, in part because executing the government’s decisions is a matter of democratic significance. Governments are elected to make and implement policy. Executive capacity is also important because such delivery is often assumed to be integral to the legitimacy of those institutions. ‘Executive capacity’ in the context of the public sector is the sum of its human, financial and organizational resources, combined with a legal mandate specifying jurisdiction and authority. At the same time, the political power from which such executive capacity is delegated to political leaders ...

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