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This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

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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