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The reality is much like the Faustian Pact between politicians and public servants in BBC’s ‘Yes Minister’

The reality is much like the Faustian Pact between politicians and public servants in BBC’s ‘Yes Minister’

The reality is much like the Faustian Pact between politicians and public servants in BBC’s ‘Yes Minister’

On its first day in office the present government unveiled an innovation that has paid rich dividends, namely the creation of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER).

Apart from its mandate to reduce public service costs, DPER took responsibility for organisation and management, the HR directorate for the public service, by far the largest employer in the State, and responsibility for pubic service reform. These functions had been the responsibility of the Department of Finance, a duty in which it had abjectly failed.


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