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Shifting the reform focus: confronting the ‘no-go’ zone of politics

Professor Anne Tiernan’s address to IPAA

Professor Anne Tiernan’s address to the 2016 Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) Conference in which she writes: 

‘An expert, professional and neutral career public service remains a defining feature of Westminster-style governance. We know from history, from the searing experience of the past decade, and the worrying future that lies ahead if we don’t act, how critical that stewardship role remains. But the research suggests there is no agreement on either the stewardship role of the public service, or what now constitutes a ‘proper’ relationship between ministers and public service.’

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