The gatekeepers : lessons from prime ministers' chiefs of staff / R.A.W. Rhodes and Anne Tiernan.

The Gatekeepers examines the position of chief of staff to the Australian Prime Minister from the perspective of key individuals who have held it. Exploring the support needs of Australian political leaders, it traces the forces that have shaped the growth and specialisation of the Prime Ministers&#...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Authors: Rhodes, R. A. W. 1944- (Author), Tiernan, Anne, 1968- (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Publishing, 2014.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • The Gatekeepers; Contents; 1 Introducing the chiefs of staff; 2 Know the boss; The prime minister's personality and style; Shock absorbing and 'blowing off steam'; Managing the prime minister's time; 'Lumpy time'; Regulating access8; Waking the prime minister?; Pushing back; 3 Know the boss; 'Being there' and emotional support; Recreation; Feeding and watering; Family; Adrenalin and stress; Discipline and physical stamina; A special relationship; Don Russell and Paul Keating; John Howard and Arthur Sinodinos; 4 Coping and surviving; Running the office; Choosing the CoS; Routines.
  • Clear responsibilitiesDay-to-day management; Crisis management; 5 The policy agenda and coordination; The agenda and priorities; Controlling the agenda; Get the right people in the room; Policy coordination; 6 Political management; Cabinet and the ministry; The party room; The media; The public service; Managing the mix; 7 Road-testing the lessons; Rudd's office; Rudd's CoS, Alister Jordan; Gillard's office; Gillard's CoS: Ben Hubbard; 8 Conclusions; Lessons; There can be no going back; Recurring issues; Public servant vs political staffer; Centralisation vs dependence.
  • Institutional memory vs partisan practicesConclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Biographies of participating chiefs of staff; Acknowledgements; Index.