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The first and main contribution of this article is its access to the decision-making processes which drive innovation in policy-making within central government. The article will present a detailed case history of how the innovation came about and conclude by highlighting analytic possibilities...
In April 2008 the Scottish Government, headed by a minority nationalist administration, published an Action Plan on European Engagement which sets out the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) key strategies and priorities for achieving effective sub-national inputs to European Union (EU) policy....
This article aims to add to knowledge on self-initiated expatriates and their rationale for leaving their host countries to repatriate to their countries of origin or permanent residency. Drawing on a sample of 42 repatriates, it reports on the role of government influence or assistance in the...
‘Community leadership’ and ‘place-shaping’ embody the outward-facing orientation of English local government to engage local communities in deliberative governance. The apparent synergies between them suggest they might be complementary roles yet one emphasizes ‘sense of direction’...
The social and political context within which public administration is located determines the effectiveness of service delivery as well as the way in which policy is made and implemented. This article explores the issues of ‘modernization’ and New Public Management (NPM) advocated by the...
For the past 20 years, the New Public Management (NPM) has been the dominant paradigm in public administration theory and practice. Given its affinity with markets and private sector management, NPM is arguably as much a casualty of the global economic crisis as are the markets and market...
This article is essentially a polemic. The argument is that when politicians and officials now talk of ‘leadership’ in the British civil service they do not use that word in the way in which it was previously used. In the past leading civil servants, acting in partnership with ministers and...
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