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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Christopher
dc.identifier.citationWilliams, Christopher. 2005. Frank and fearless leadership: can it survive in the 'reformed' public service. Public Administration Today. 3: 18-27.

Nearly twenty years ago the author published a paper titled, "The Concept of Bureaucratic Neutrality". This review paper re-examines the relevance of the concept, based on hind sight from the author's subsequent experience working in the highest levels of the Western Australian public service. Particular consideration is given to the relationship between ministers and senior public servants, and the nature of the advice and leadership given by public servants. In this paper, it is argued that it is increasingly difficult for senior public servants to remain 'frank and fearless' when advising ministers, because of reforms which have led to changes in the nature of the public servants' employment. The changes to the Australian public service environment over the last two decades have created many more 'occasions for fearlessness' for senior public servants.

dc.publisherInstitute of Public Administration Australia (ACT Division)
dc.subjectPublic Service
dc.titleFrank and fearless leadership: can it survive in the 'reformed' public service
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titlePublic Administration Today
curtin.departmentJohn Curtin Institute of Public Policy (Research Institute)
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available
curtin.facultyDepartment of Social Sciences
curtin.facultyDivision of Humanities
curtin.facultyFaculty of Media, Society and Culture (MSC)

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