Techniques of Government within the Commonwealth

The role of Principal Permanent Officials

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Managing the Machinery of Government

The first rule of the Principal official is to manage the machinery of government in the purely technical sense of ensuring that the arrangements which have been made can carry the load placed upon them. Because that load is largely an expression of political judgement, it is not always easy to separate this role from the second role of tendering advice on how the machine might be given a direction, but if the technical aspect is discussion first and separately, it makes it possible to isolate more clearly how Principal officials work.


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