Partisan Appointees and Public Servants

Partisan Appointees and Public Servants

An International Analysis of the Role of the Political Adviser

Edited by Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw

This comparative collection examines the role of political staff in executive government and the consequences for policymaking and governance. Included are case studies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The evidence suggests that political staff are likely to be an enduring feature of executive government, which one contributor refers to as the ‘new public governance’ with attendant risks and opportunities for the conduct of politics and administration.