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Ministerial Advisors
Role, Influence and Management
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  14 Dec 2011
Pages: 120 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264124929 , OECD Code: 422011211P1
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Government leaders need high-quality and responsive advice to make informed decisions, particularly to help restore long-term economic growth. Indeed, in many countries ministerial advisors are appointed primarily in order to increase the responsiveness of government and help address strategic challenges faced by government leaders. At the same time, their sheer number and the opacity surrounding their status have prompted widespread concern. These are two findings that emerged from an OECD survey in 2010 into the work of ministerial advisors across 27 countries.
This report examines the survey’s findings in order to better understand the important role advisors play and how they are managed. It considers why ministers use their services, how they are appointed, the special status they enjoy, the concerns they have prompted in the general public, and how reform may make them more accountable  and improve the transparency of their status.

Table of contents:

Executive summary
Chapter 1. The phenomenon of ministerial advisors
-1.1. Why are ministerial advisors appointed?
-1.2. Senior public servants’ perspectives on ministerial advisors
-1.3. How ministerial advisors contribute to policy making
-1.4. The status of ministerial advisors
-1.5. How ministerial advisors and public servants work together
-1.6. Ministerial advisors’ job descriptions
-1.7. Working boundaries
-1.8. Conclusion
Chapter 2. The employment framework for ministerial advisors
-2.1. General employment rules for the public service often apply
-2.2. The minister determines an advisor’s appointment and term of employment
-2.3. Pay based primarily on the salary scale in the public service
-2.4. Conclusion
Chapter 3. Functions and influence of ministerial advisors
-3.1. What ministerial advisors regard as their main functions: strategic advice and co-ordination
-3.2. Ministerial advisors: a source of public concern
-3.3. Conclusion
Chapter 4. Are the frameworks governing ministerial advisors sufficient?
-4.1. Same standards of conduct apply to public servants and ministerial advisors
-4.2. Advisors seldom required to disclose private interests publicly
-4.3. Only information on numbers of advisors readily available
-4.4. Advisors accountable solely to their ministers
-4.5. Misconduct seldom sanctioned
-4.6. Reforms to improve transparency, integrity and accountability
-4.7. Role for centres of government in managing ministerial advisors?
-4.8. Conclusion
Chapter 5. Case studies: Austria, Canada and the United Kingdom
-5.1. Ministerial advisors in Austria
-5.2. Exempt staff in Canada
-5.3. Special advisors in the United Kingdom
Annex A. Code of Conduct for Special Advisors, United Kingdom
Annex B.
Guidelines for Special Advisors in Denmark
Annex C.
Methodology of the survey

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