Impartiality matters


This latest report from UK think tank The Smith Institute looks at the impartiality of the civil service in a post-truth world.

Impartiality, integrity and professionalism are the raison d’etre of the civil service. Our political system has of course changed dramatically, but the same core values continue to define the working relationship between the elected politicians and senior civil servants. Without them the civil service would struggle to maintain the highest standards of public administration. This collection of essays – with contributions from insiders (civil servants and politicians) and outsiders (academics and commentators) – add up to a compelling defence of the importance of impartiality, which has made the UK’s civil service one of the best in the world but which finds itself increasingly under threat.

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