The Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins: Australian Government Administration in the Post-War Reconstruction Era

Seven Dwarfs and the Age of the Mandarins
Author/editor: Samuel Furphy (ed)
Publisher: ANU Press
Year published: 2015
School/Centre: National Centre of Biography


This book looks at the powerful group of talented (but short) university graduates who entered the public service, rose to senior levels, and exerted great influence over the affairs of the Commonwealth in the postwar years. With the secure tenure of being permanent heads of departments, they defined the age of the public service mandarin.

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