WORKING IN THE MINISTER'S OFFICE for 100 Years:The secondment to the minister's office is a coveted career move for many public servants. But what about the politics? Victoria Draudins spoke with staffers and researchers to find out how different types of experts fare.
Who are the staffers shaping our political landscape?
The ministerial office is one of the last largely inscrutable parts of our democracy. Where do these staffers come from, and what makes them qualified? A researcher is only now building a picture.
Why become a ministerial staffer
Working in a minister’s office can be a great boon for a public servant’s career. They depart with the department’s blessings and their profile is instantly raised upon returning.
• Bureaucrat in the MO: in some cases return to portfolio 'not possible'
• Still many concerns about lax rules for ministerial staffer appointments
• Mind the rise — and ever rise — of ministerial advisers
• 'Advisers are here to stay, so you’ve got to make it work'
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The data social scientists have generated indicate that transitions to democracy often fail: Some countries lose their democracy, and those that do only get it back in rare and very specific circumstances. France became democratic again after the defeat of the Vichy government and Nazi Germany. Hungary and Poland were supposed to be shining examples of transitions to democracy. Those countries may yet live up to democratic ideals that as EU members they ostensibly share with other democracies, but because of what Orban and Kaczynski have done, the path to that goal will be long and hard. As for Turkey, no doubt the military will outlast Erdogan, but it is unclear if it will outlast Erdoganism
Business is dominated by plans and analysis. But people are not moved by logic alone. According to the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, behind every apparently sensible scientist is a child who was irrationally drawn to fire. Reason, when animated by the fire of emotion, has the power to motivate and move individuals more than facts alone ever could. An inspired group is likely to achieve much more than one merely doing its job.
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