What is it about?

There is a great deal of scholarly debate over whether senior public servants are increasingly being politicized to the determent of impartiality. Investigating the loyalty displayed by the highest ranking public servant during a recent high-profile public affair in Canada, this study shows that not only did the public servant move away from impartiality in order to promote and defend the government’s reputation, but that to do so, he engaged in truth-obfuscating tactics of withholding information, emphasizing certain facts over others, and making false statements.

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Why is it important?

The findings show that senior public servants are not only defending and promoting the government’s reputation but are doing so to the determine of impartiality and truthfulness.

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This page is a summary of: Promiscuously partisan public servants? Publicly defending and promoting the government’s reputation to the detriment of bureaucratic impartiality and truthfulness, International Journal of Public Leadership, March 2023, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/ijpl-10-2022-0054.
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