<b>Competency in Public Service Bargains: Wonks, Sages, Deliverers, and Go‐Betweens</b>

Christopher Hood and Martin Lodge

in The Politics of Public Service Bargains

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780199269679
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604096 | DOI:
 Competency in Public Service Bargains: Wonks, Sages, Deliverers, and Go‐Betweens

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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

Chapter.  10271 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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