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The Executive: Government Departments and Subsidiary Bodies

  • Deon Geldenhuys

Abstract

To discuss the role of civil service institutions in the foreign policy making process separate from that of their respective political heads or ministers is to some extent an artificial division. For one thing, the contribution of a minister may be materially influenced by the quality of information provided by his officials. Then, top civil servants, through the State Security Council, have become involved in policy formulation to a degree previously unknown. Nonetheless, a principal distinction between the respective roles of politicians and officials remains that politicians are accountable to Parliament and the electorate, officials not. Related is the (theoretical) possibility that the government may be replaced by another, whereas the civil service is a relatively permanent institution and its officials are normally not subject to political dislodgement.

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Prime Minister Foreign Policy Foreign Affair Ivory Coast State Security 
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