Values and the Public Servant in Wales. Putting it in practice?

Catherine Farrell, Jennifer Law

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An ambitious approach to values has been outlined in Wales, which identifies a
set of public service values and behavior which is to form a key part of what is
called “One Welsh Public Service.” These values are expected to guide the way
that public servants in Wales work in the future, shape their behavior, and change
culture. They are intended to work alongside a key piece of legislation inWales –
the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 which has received widespread
international interest. A much repeated quotation is that of Nikhil Seth, the
Director of Sustainable Development at the United Nations who said that “what
Wales is doing today, the world will do tomorrow. Action, more than words is the
hope for our current and future generation.” Some of the “One Welsh Public
Service” values sit well with previous approaches, while others are more of a step
change. The enablers and challenges of embedding this new framework of working will be analyzed, and the lessons for public managers in Wales and
further afield are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant
EditorsHelen Sullivan, Helen Dickinson, Hayley Henderson
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-29980-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-29981-1 , 978-3-030-29979-8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2020


  • Values
  • Well-being of Future Generations Act
  • Wales


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