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The Seven Dwarfs: A Team of Rivals

Brown, Nicholas

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The persistence of the idea of the ‘seven dwarfs’ in the fairly thin soil of Commonwealth Public Service (CPS) history testifies to its usefulness – although just as the actual composition of the group remains a matter for debate, so does the question of their significance continue to prompt varied interpretations. In a general sense, the term is well enough understood. The expression, ‘seven dwarfs’, refers to the careers and characteristics of a group of men who secured great influence and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBrown, Nicholas
dc.contributor.editorSamuel Furphy
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:12:54Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-925022339
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/64182
dc.description.abstractThe persistence of the idea of the ‘seven dwarfs’ in the fairly thin soil of Commonwealth Public Service (CPS) history testifies to its usefulness – although just as the actual composition of the group remains a matter for debate, so does the question of their significance continue to prompt varied interpretations. In a general sense, the term is well enough understood. The expression, ‘seven dwarfs’, refers to the careers and characteristics of a group of men who secured great influence and authority within and around the CPS from the 1940s until, in some cases, well into the 1980s. They represented a marked expansion in the reach, standing and professionalism of public policy in Australia. They are also a neat encapsulation of ‘the new mandarins’ – a wider company of senior bureaucrats – who rose to prominence in that period, and were associated with a distinct ethic of independence and authority.
dc.format.extent28 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.relation.ispartofThe Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-war Reconstruction Era
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceThe Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-war Reconstruction Era
dc.source.urihttp://press.anu.edu.au/apps/bookworm/view/The+Seven+Dwarfs+and+the+Age+of+the+Mandarins/11641/ch01.xhtml#_idParaDest-9
dc.titleThe Seven Dwarfs: A Team of Rivals
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8205243xPUB898
local.publisher.urlhttp://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusMetadata only
local.contributor.affiliationBrown, Nicholas, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage3
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage30
local.identifier.doi10.22459/SDAM.07.2015.01
local.identifier.absseo950503 - Understanding Australia's Past
dc.date.updated2020-12-27T07:42:10Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access via publisher website
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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