Ministerial Advisors
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Ministerial Advisors

Role, Influence and Management

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.
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Publication Date :
24 Nov 2011
DOI :
10.1787/9789264124936-en
 
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The phenomenon of ministerial advisors You do not have access to this content

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OECD
Pages :
15–32
DOI :
10.1787/9789264124936-3-en

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It is not a new phenomenon in many countries that ministers appoint ministerial advisors on the basis of personal trust. However, ministerial advisors have become more institutionalised. This reflects not only the fact that their numbers are increasing in some countries but also the many roles that they are performing. As a result, ministerial advisors increasingly wield influence in the machinery of government.