The tradition of ministerial responsibility and its role in the bureaucratic management of crises

Stark, Alastair (2011) The tradition of ministerial responsibility and its role in the bureaucratic management of crises. Public Administration, 89 3: 1148-1163. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01924.x

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Author Stark, Alastair
Title The tradition of ministerial responsibility and its role in the bureaucratic management of crises
Journal name Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-3298
1467-9299
Publication date 2011-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2011.01924.x
Volume 89
Issue 3
Start page 1148
End page 1163
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This article explores the relationship between the United Kingdom's doctrine of ministerial responsibility and bureaucratic efforts to control four contemporary crises. Evidence emerges from a series of interviews with experienced crisis managers, which draws attention to the way in which this convention: (1) tacitly conditioned the thinking and behaviour of bureaucratic crisis actors through their sensitivity to political risk; and (2) was reinterpreted and utilized instrumentally by political and bureaucratic agents in response to the dilemmas posed by each crisis. The analysis of these themes connects governance and crisis literatures together by shedding light on the interaction between governance ‘traditions’, 21st century crisis episodes and the requirements of crisis management.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special issue SYMPOSIUM: Administrative Reform in Southern Europe: Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain Compared

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