New Public Management and the Employment Relationship in Victorian Local Government: Is There Cause for Concern?

Many students of public administration have argued that political control of the public service employment relationship would lead to politicisation of public management. This paper considers this issue in the context of the senior officer employment relationship in Victorian local government, Contrary to current exhortations, the study failed to find evidence of the politicisation of senior management in Victorian local government. As a result the paper concludes that the relationship between political control and public service politicisation is more complex than is commonly assumed.