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February 21, 2014

The Purple Zone: Political-administrative interface

In 1996, Pacific Rim Commonwealth countries shared experiences in managing complexity at the political-administrative interface. The ‘Purple Zone’ was conceptualized as the intersection of the prerogatives and accountabilities of elected parliamentarians (the ‘Blue Zone’) and the responsibilities and behaviours expected of an apolitical public service (the ‘Red Zone’).

Politicians and public servants alike are the champions of change. But they have different roles, imperatives, and time horizons. There are bound to be different expectations, tensions, and interactive issues. How are differences sorted to build effective working relationships for leading change in government? What perspectives and approaches are needed to achieve common goals?

The political-administrative interface needs to be massaged continuously for best results. Public service renewal and reform depend upon a whole-of-government approach that cultivates the right equilibrium of roles, responsibilities, and capacities in the interface. Collaborative leadership ensures strategic alignment between government and the society it serves.

Former Australian Minister Kevin Andrews said in 2006: “It is only through working together in this way that we will be successful in our efforts to support democratic outcomes and deliver high quality, seamless services to our citizens.” It is a high-risk game, and there are principles at stake.

Ministers are responsible for diverse portfolios of organizations attached to their ministries. Accountabilities are complex, involving ministers, boards, chief executives, the head of government, and the cabinet secretary. They are all in it together. Success depends upon clear roles and expectations, agreed objectives and reporting of results, open and honest dialogue, and no surprises.

The Commonwealth does politically-sensitive development work at the centre of government:

• Cabinet/Permanent Secretary transitional retreats and teambuilding workshops;
• Consultations with ministers and heads of public service on needs and priorities;
• Policy advice to central institutions on governance and reform;
• Technical cooperation projects that place experts in central institutions;
• Leadership development programs for heads of central institutions; and
• Functional communities and networks that enable south-south cooperation.

Comparative advantage as a political membership organization allows the Commonwealth to address the sensitivities of reforming the political-administrative interface in genuine partnership with members. In turn, it collaborates with the international community to steer capacity development. The case of Sierra Leone shows how ministers and senior public servants leveraged good will and built trust to agree upon a ten-point declaration of cooperation in support of the President’s ‘Agenda for Change’.

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À cause de l’évolution démographique, du changement climatique, des pénuries d’énergie, de la crise économique mondiale et des boums économiques localisés, les gouvernements n’ont jamais été autant sollicités....
 
Dans son quinzième rapport annuel au Premier ministre sur la fonction publique du Canada (2008), le greffier du Conseil privé et secrétaire du Cabinet mentionne ce qui suit...
 
In the fifteenth annual report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada (2008), the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet stated: “Renewal is about making sure that the federal public service preserves and strengthens its capacity…”...
 
Mes amis, vous avez fait un bon choix. En entrant dans la fonction publique, vous vous retrouvez en plein cœur de l’action....
 
La Direction de la conservation et de la protection (C&P) est chargée de l’exécution des lois touchant Pêches et Océans Canada dans la région du Pacifique....
 
Conservation and Protection (C&P) is the enforcement arm of Fisheries and Oceans Canada....
 
When the National Managers’ Community gathers in Montreal in March for their annual professional development forum, it will present the Mike Nurse Leadership Award…...
 
When someone I meet for the first time asks me the usual question: “So, what do you do?” I like to answer that I have two full-time jobs...
 
Although the value of Canada’s professional and non-partisan public services is widely acknowledged, the need for deep-rooted and comprehensive re-branding of the public service is critical....
 
As a new public servant, I sometimes think about the future social and economic issues that will be front and centre during the tenure of my career....
 
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In this issue of Canadian Government Executive, our lead story is on how to bring about real cultural change in the public service. Gilles Paquet, Professor Emeritus at the Telfer School of Management talks about the new governance system that requires a thorough renewal of our way of selecting, evaluating and coaching executives. Other stories:...