Humble and Obedient Servants: Humble and Obedient Servants: 1901-1960 v. 2 (Hardback)Peter J. Tyler (author)
Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/11/2006
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New South Wales government administration increased four-fold during the first six decades of the twentieth century with population growth and greater community expectations. Ministerial Departments proliferated to manage and regulate various forms of social welfare that had been unthinkable in the previous century. Employment of staff for this burgeoning administrative corps and teaching service became the responsibility of the Public Service Board. The Board exerted rigid centralised control over every aspect of administration. The result was a moderately efficient, loyal and conformist bureaucracy structured around fixed routines, where innovation was not encouraged. Despite some notable achievements, its officials sometimes stumbled when faced with the major social upheavals of the period. Peter Tyler's history shows that, although often derided by the citizens of New South Wales, the bureaucracy showed pragmatism in solving problems, prudence in avoiding controversy, and predictability in the consistency of its performance. "Humble and Obedient Servants" is the second volume of "The Administration of New South Wales". The first volume, by Hilary Golder, "Politics, Patronage and Public Works", covers the period from 1842 to 1900.
Publisher: UNSW Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 970 g
Dimensions: 250 x 170 mm
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