Bloggers: give civil servants more freedom to express their views

September 24th, 2008

A group of bloggers that includes civil servants has argued that government employees should be given more freedom to voice their personal views on public policies.

“These invaluable personal perspectives would sometimes be more pragmatic than official corporate sentiments; even views contrary to the positions of specific government departments may create a positive and balanced overall effect on policy making,” they say. “It also has the advantage of gaining an ‘outsider’ (i.e. not within the same Ministry or Statutory Board) perspective, which helps to reduce groupthink and tunnel vision.”

The bloggers were responding to the AIMS consultation paper, which included a chapter on government “e-engagement” with the public.

Read their full paper here.

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