Responsibility to Be Enthusiastic? Public Servants and the Public Face of “Promiscuous Partisanship”


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Article
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Authors
Grube, Dennis 
Abstract

jats:pContemporary public service leaders are no longer the anonymous mandarins of <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">W</jats:styled-content>estminster folklore. Whether giving public speeches to outside organizations or communicating directly with the media, senior public servants are emerging from anonymity to become public actors in their own right. This article undertakes a comparative study across four <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">W</jats:styled-content>estminster jurisdictions—<jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">A</jats:styled-content>ustralia, <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">C</jats:styled-content>anada, <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">N</jats:styled-content>ew <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">Z</jats:styled-content>ealand, and the <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">U</jats:styled-content>nited <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">K</jats:styled-content>ingdom—to examine the formal rules and guidelines that apply to public servants when making public statements in their official capacity. Drawing on the late <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">P</jats:styled-content>eter <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">A</jats:styled-content>ucoin's notion of “promiscuous partisanship,” the article argues that public servants are expected to demonstrate a new level of enthusiasm when explaining or justifying government policy to the public. This has implications for the extent to which nonpartisanship can continue to effectively function within <jats:styled-content style="fixed-case">W</jats:styled-content>estminster systems.</jats:p>

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Keywords
4407 Policy and Administration, 4408 Political Science, 44 Human Society
Journal Title
Governance
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
0952-1895
1468-0491
Volume Title
28
Publisher
Wiley