R A W Rhodes and Patrick WellerThis book explores the roles and workings of the heads of government departments in six nations: departmental secretaries in Australia, departmentchefs in Denmark, directeurs d’administration in France, secretaris-general in the Netherlands, chief executives in New Zealand and permanent secretaries in the UK. It also seeks to explore their ‘infinite variety’ by showing how inherited government traditions shape the response to reform. It examines how such reforms as privatization and contracting out have affected who does these jobs and how they do them.
Published by Open University Press. ISBN 0335 20301 9. 19 pounds 99p. www.openup.co.uk