Manning, Nick

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Last updated January 31, 2023
Nick Manning retired as Head of the World Bank’s Governance and Public Sector Management Practice in December 2013. He led the development and implementation of the Bank’s updated approach to Public Sector Management.   Nick was previously the World Bank Manager for Public Sector and Governance for Latin America and the Caribbean.   He has also served as Head of the Public Sector Management and Performance Division at the OECD and as the World Bank Lead Public Sector Management Specialist for South Asia.   Nick has held advisory positions on public management for the Commonwealth Secretariat and for UNDP in Lebanon. Nick began his public sector career in local government in the U.K. and, before moving to international advisory work, was Head of Strategic Planning for an inner London Borough.  He is a Visiting Professor at the Herbert Simon Institute for Public Policy, Administration and Management; adviser to the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management; member of the editorial board of the Public Management Review; honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester; and a member of the advisory group for University of London Queen Mary Master's program in Public Administration.

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    Using an Ombudsman to Oversee Public Officials
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 1999-04) Manning, Nick ; Galligan, D.J.
    The note addresses the role of ombudsman offices, and what ensures its effectiveness. Good administration requires much more than acting legally, which include constitutional, and human rights abuses, mismanagement, as well as illegal practices. An ombudsman's independence from other branches of government, and administration, particularly the executive branch, is a crucial factor, following the legal provisions on its appointment, dismissal, powers, and budgetary issues. Though closely associated with parliament because courts are important autonomous regulators of official behavior, there is the potential to overlap with an ombudsman. But, to the extent that the ombudsman becomes involved in matters of legality, it is an adjunct to the courts. Conditions for an effective ombudsman are: political support; adequate resources; public perception, functional competence; and, regulatory value.