Many aspects of the Westminster model of governance are "convenient myths,"
argue in the current issue of
. No country has ever had a civil service that complied fully with the principles now associated with the Westminster model. Many of those principles are actually highly ambiguous. And practice within so-called "Westminster systems" has varied widely across time and geography. Still, the model serves a useful purpose in guiding an ongoing debate about the role the civil service. "Its precepts are broad enough to guide, but never so precise that they prescribe."
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. The article is part of a special issue on the future of the Westminster system.