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The Politics of Public Service Bargains: Reward, Competency, Loyalty - and Blame

Christopher Hood and Martin Lodge


The traditional understandings that structure the relationships between public servants and the wider political system are said to have undergone considerable change. But what are these formalized and implicit understandings? What are the key dimensions of such bargains? In what conditions do bargains rise and fall? And has there been a universal and uniform change in these bargains? This book offers a distinct perspective to answer these questions. It develops a unique analytical perspective to account for diverse bargains within systems of executive government. Drawing on comparative experie ... More

Keywords: bureaucracy, civil service, public service bargain, competency, reward, loyalty, blame avoidance, UK, Germany

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199269679
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/019926967X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hood, author
Gladstone Professor of Government, All Souls College, Oxford
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Martin Lodge, author
Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics
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