Refers to the idea that the effective functioning of government depends upon civil servants possessing a measure of independence from undue political influence.
(Sossin, Lorne. 2005. "Speaking Truth to Power? The Search for Bureaucratic Independence in Canada." University of Toronto Law Journal 55 (1):1-59.)
Lorne Sossin writes that neutrality, integrity and professionalism in the public service are all inextricably linked to the norm of bureaucratic independence.