'Creeping crisis of risk aversion' in the public service

Beth Simone Noveck is director of the Governance Lab and a professor in the department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU Tandon.   

As Scott Morrison considers the results of a wide-ranging review of the federal public service, two leading experts have urged the government to allow bureaucrats to shake off risk-aversion and become "public entrepreneurs". International expert Beth Noveck - an adviser to Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron - and Monash University's Rod Glover have written a new report on the lack of innovation in public service departments, finding a "creeping crisis" from outdated approaches and a belief among current and former bureaucrats that the private sector is increasingly better placed to solve public policy problems.

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