Department   Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University  College of International Management
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2017/01
Type Research paper (Academic/Professional Journal)
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title Neutral – Neither Trustees nor Hired Guns: The Experiences and Preferences of Local Government Councillors of NSW Australia
Contribution Type Joint Work
Journal Australian Journal of Public Administration
Author and coauthor Ali HAIDAR and Keri SPOONER
Details This paper reports on the preferences and experiences of the councillor level of New South Wales (NSW, Australia) local government, concerning the public service values that guide the council staff working under a politicised employment relationship. The results of the study show that councillors perceive council staff to be as largely neutral in their behaviour as they expect them to be. The paper further reports that the council staff (in the view of councillors) do not politically respond to any unreasonable demands made by elected officials or act as the trustee of the public interest in competition with them. Data for this study were collected through interviews, a survey, and from secondary sources.
DOI 10.1111/1467-8500.12240