The 21st-century public servant: working at three boundaries of public and private

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In a project on the roles and skills of the 21st-century public servant, interviews with public service workers highlighted three boundaries of public and private: relating to ethics, careers and identities. Two contingent factors shape the capacity of staff to be able to reconcile the public and private aspects of their work: the degree of fiscal austerity and the scope for reflective practice. Strategic workforce planning needs to support staff to manage the different versions of public and private.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-272
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money & Management
Early online date30 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • workforce change, ethics, austerity, careers, identity