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Officers and Politics

Ian Leigh

in Law, Politics, and Local Democracy

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198256984
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256984.003.0008
Officers and Politics

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This chapter discusses the non-political role of officers. After an examination of the legal position regarding officer neutrality, it pays attention to the question of how officers may act as a safeguard against political and other abuse through ‘whistle-blowing’. From the view of officers as neutral, professional servants of the council, the discussion turns to the points which have caused tension due to the increasing politicization of the government: relations with councillors, the appointment of officers, political restrictions on officers' activities, and the use of political advisers. The chapter lastly looks at questions of reform.

Keywords: neutrality; commitment; whistle-blowing; officers; council

Chapter.  14190 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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