The paper describes the legal arrangements that enable orderly and accountable delegation of responsibility within public administration. Delegation is regarded as a condition for good administration and for sound management practices. However, this notion depends on national legislation being properly designed to open up for such delegation. The paper is based on broadly accepted practices of delegation in different EU member states and provides comparative information for legal and organisational design. At the same time, the paper shows how difficult it would be to foster a professional senior civil service – including public management values like efficiency if, at the interface between politics and administration, the instrument of delegation is not applied.

You can find the report on the CIDS Publications page.