Techniques of Government within the Commonwealth

The role of Principal Permanent Officials

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Administrative Advice for Political Purposes

The second role of the Principal official is to offer advice on how the machinery might be mobilised by the government in order to follow the political objectives which it wishes to pursue. Administrative instruments carry different conotations according to the context in which they are used. Ministers and heads of government have predilections for particular methods. The Principal official has a high sensitivity to the full implications of alternative courses of action in administrative arrangements.


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