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Procedural Rationality in Westminster Systems: HowDe‐SeparationAffects the Decision Premise

Dowding, Keith; Taflaga, Marija


Westminster administrative systems were characterized by a clear separation between the political careers and roles of elected ministers and career civil servants. The former set the values or aims of the organization; the latter utilize those values when generating policy ideas. This separation provides what H.A. Simon calls “procedural rationality.” The decision premise of public servants is (1) an apolitical commitment to government service, and (2) a commitment to advise on and implement...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2022-02-15
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Administration Review
DOI: 10.1111/puar.13459


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