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Bureaucratic Independence 

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.



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