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Delegated Governance and the British StateWalking without Order$
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Matthew Flinders

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271603

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271603.001.0001

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Patronage

Patronage

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(p.207) 7 Patronage
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Delegated Governance and the British State
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Matthew Flinders (Contributor Webpage)

Matthew Denton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271603.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the issue of public appointments and patronage. Contrary to media suggestions and the public's perception, research suggests that the sphere of delegated governance is no longer a patronage resource for ministers, or that it is replete with financially lucrative and under-demanding positions. In fact, research reveals a gradual but very clear ‘shrinking reach’ in terms of the breadth and nature of ministerial appointment capacity.

Keywords:   proportionality, corruption, sleaze, spoils system, ministerial reach, independent appointment commissions

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