In Pursuit of Good Administration: Ministers, Civil Servants and Judges

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

byDiana Woodhouse

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The importance of good administration is frequetly stressed by politicians, civil servants and judges. This book examines the concept against a background of extensive civil service reform, an increasingly interventionist judiciary, and exceptional executive/judicial tension. It looks atadministrative and judicial perspectives, arguing that a public service model of good administration is giving way to a new public management model which supports different principles.It suggests that in many respects these principles, based on value for money and competition, sit uncomfortably within the public sector and at times conflict with the principles upheld by the courts which have more in common woth a public service model. It concludes that now, more than ever, a Code of Good Administration is required. Such a Code would protect essential principles, enhance the constitutionalauthority of the courts with regard to judicial review, and, working alongside the Citizen's Charter, provide a blueprint for expected administrative standards within the civil service and beyond.

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The importance of good administration is frequetly stressed by politicians, civil servants and judges. This book examines the concept against a background of extensive civil service reform, an increasingly interventionist judiciary, and exceptional executive/judicial tension. It looks atadministrative and judicial perspectives, arguing...

Diana Woodhouse is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Traditional Public Service Model of Good Administration3. The Rational Choice or Managerial Model of Good Administration4. The Courts and Public Administration5. A Judicial Model of Good Administration6. The Concerns of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration and the Comptroller and Auditor General7. An Australian Perspective: a Code of Adminstrative Practice8. Conclusion