The Westminster ideal: A useful myth
Many aspects of the Westminster model of governance are “convenient myths,”Patrick Weller and Catherine Haddon argue in the current issue ofGovernance. No country has ever had a civil service that complied fully with the principles now associated with the Westminster model. Many of those principles are actually highly ambiguous. And practice within so-called “Westminster systems” has varied widely across time and geography. Still, the model serves a useful purpose in guiding an ongoing debate about the role the civil service. “Its precepts are broad enough to guide, but never so precise that they prescribe.” Read the article. The article is part of a special issue on the future of the Westminster system.