About the Relationship between Political Leadership and the Civil Service

The purpose of these guidelines is to raise awareness about the relationship between politics and the civil service in light of changes in the tasks and trends in society.

These guidelines do not necessarily provide answers to specific challenges/dilemmas that the civil service and politicians may experience or be faced with.

The aim is to describe what considerations must be taken into account when the civil service and politicians need to deal with such challenges. These guidelines may help one to find good solutions if a dilemma arises.

The guidelines are in Section 4 formulated as seven duties for the civil service. The civil service is defined in this context as employees in the central administration.

The target group for the guidelines is first and foremost the civil service in the ministries, but they may also be useful for the political leadership. In addition, they may also be of interest to managers and employees in the subordinated agencies.