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John Halligan

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 8: Leadership and the Senior Service from a Comparative Perspective

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781848608214.n9

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Leadership and the Senior Service from a Comparative Perspective
Leadership and the senior service from a comparative perspective

The leadership of the senior service has been subject to substantial change that reflects the era of public sector reform, environmental trends and new thinking about how civil service systems should operate. The environment that was once relatively stable for public organizations has become more competitive, public-private differences have narrowed and the constraints and rules that once dictated much of the character of public organizations have less importance, with the notable exception of those reflecting democratic governance. Senior services are becoming more open, managerial and generalist and placing greater emphasis on leadership development.

Nevertheless, there continue to be wide variations within senior services and between country systems. The nature ...

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