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Advice (in the Public Service context)

A general term for all communication between officials and their political masters, which includes a variety of different types of subject matter and genres

(Mulgan, 2007, p. 571)

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“Advice” is a compendious, “catch-all” term for all communication between officials and their political masters. It includes a variety of different types of subject matter and genres, including policy options, draft letters and speeches, background briefings, progress reports on government activities and so on. Much of this is heavily political in the sense that it is delivered within the context of the government’s political agenda. In the words of the guidelines issued by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC, 2003), good advice from the Australian Public Service (APS) is unbiased and objective. It is politically neutral but not naïve and is developed and offered with an understanding of its implications and of the broader policy directions set by the government.

References:

 Mulgan, Richard. 2007. “Truth in Government and the Politicization of Public Service Advice.” Public Administration 85 (3): 569-586.

 

     

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