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Truth in government and the politicization of public service advice

Mulgan, Richard


Recent controversies over intelligence in Iraq, to give one example, have raised problems about the politicization of official advice from government, particularly what we are led to believe is factual or 'objective' advice. Objectivity is a contested value and the lines are often hard to draw between fact, spin and misrepresentation. Public servants are held to higher standards of objectivity than politicians, a fact on which politicians trade when they seek to attribute assessments of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Administration
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2007.00663.x


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