n Journal of Public Administration - Editorial

Volume 43, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Determining policy is the responsibility of the corps of senior officials in a public institution and the views and policy directions provided by the political office bearer involved. Naturally there are many other stakeholders involved in the process, e.g. community organisations; research institutions; labour unions and related interested parties. Ultimately the final decision regarding the exact nature, content and extent of a policy will be formulated by senior managers and approved by the minister / MEC or other political office bearers before being introduced to the legislature. This over simplification of the policy formulation process is provided simply to illustrate that a draft bill or white paper is the product of a joint effort between the appointed officials and the elected political head of the institution. This could be accepted as the two components which are also held accountable for the implementation of the policy.

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