The phrase “machinery of government” is thought to have originated with John Stuart Mill in Considerations on Representative Government (1861). It was notably used to a public audience by President FD Roosevelt in a radio broadcast in 1934, commenting on the role of the National Recovery Administration (NRA) in delivering the New Deal. A number of national governments including those of Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom have adopted the term in official usage.
^ For example, a Number 10 Press Notice on May 5, 2006 was entitled Machinery of Government changes in announcing the creation of a new department of the British Government, accessed at  June 12, 2006
^ Mill, J.S. (1861) Considerations on Re
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