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A Profile of the Public Service of New Zealand

Current Good Practices and New Developments in Public Service Management

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Commonwealth member governments have been taking part in a unique mapping exercise, identifying the actual changes which have been made in some key areas of public service management. The Public Country Profile Series sets out the results of the mapping exercise, country by country, to provide an unprecedented insight into the real managerial and structural changes under way in the public service.



In providing some firm ground on which those public servants, both elected and appointed, who are faced with the challenge of public service reform can stand while assessing the options available, the Public Country Profile Series marks a milestone in the debate concerning the management of the public service.

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Improving Policy-Making

If government is to make well-informed decisions on matters of public policy it requires high quality policy advice. Policy advice is now explicitly identified as an output of many of the core state sector agencies in New Zealand. In July 1991 the Minister of State Services directed the State Services Commission (SSC) to review the provision of policy advice from government departments in order to identify ways of improving its cost-effectiveness.

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