Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector

Ministerial Advisors


Role, Influence and Management


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This report examines the survey’s findings in order to better understand the important role advisors play and how they are managed.

It considers why ministers use their services, how they are appointed, the special status they enjoy, the concerns they have prompted in the general public, and how reform may make them more accountable  and improve the transparency of their status.

Government leaders need high-quality and responsive advice to make informed decisions, particularly to help restore long-term economic growth.


Indeed, in many countries ministerial advisors are appointed primarily in order to increase the responsiveness of government and help address strategic challenges faced by government leaders.

 At the same time, their sheer number and the opacity surrounding their status have prompted widespread concern. These are two findings that emerged from an OECD survey in 2010 into the work of ministerial advisors across 27 countries.

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 Table of contents


Chapter 1
The phenomenon of ministerial advisors

Chapter 2
The employment framework for ministerial advisors

Chapter 3
Functions and influence of ministerial advisors

Chapter 4
Are the frameworks governing ministerial advisors sufficient?

Chapter 5
Case studies: Austria, United Kingdom and Canada

Annex A
Code of conduct for special advisors, United Kingdom

Annex B
Guidelines for special advisors in Denmark

Annex C
Methodology of the survey

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