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The Politics of Public Service BargainsReward, Competency, Loyalty - and Blame$
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Christopher Hood and Martin Lodge

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269679

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019926967X.001.0001

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Competency in Public Service Bargains: Wonks, Sages, Deliverers, and Go‐Betweens

Competency in Public Service Bargains: Wonks, Sages, Deliverers, and Go‐Betweens

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(p.86) 5 Competency in Public Service Bargains: Wonks, Sages, Deliverers, and Go‐Betweens
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The Politics of Public Service Bargains
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Christopher Hood (Contributor Webpage)

Martin Lodge (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019926967X.003.0005

This chapter explores the competency dimension of public service bargains, in the sense of skills, ability, or experience. It discusses four types of competency bargains: wonk, sage, deliverer, and go-between bargains, exploring their strengths and weaknesses. The chapter notes how elements from these four types can be combined and concludes with a discussion of trends and changes over time, which suggest that tendencies have been far from a one way adoption of managerialist themes of ‘delivery’.

Keywords:   competency, wonks, sages, deliverers, go-betweens, skill, ability, managerialist

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