Definition of quango in US English:

quango

nounPlural quangos

British
derogatory
  • A semipublic administrative body outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government, which makes senior appointments to it.

    • ‘Appointments to non-departmental bodies like quangos are subject to the scrutiny of the Public Appointments Commission.’
    • ‘Council sources admitted the chief executive is ‘regularly approached’ about top jobs by councils, quangos and other bodies across the country.’
    • ‘Let us judge whether people are fit to represent us, not these unelected, unaccountable standards quangos, committees and commissioners.’
    • ‘Growing evidence shows that a government quango fixed the exam results to lower students' grades.’
    • ‘A radical devolution would challenge vested interests in Scotland - in the quangos, local government and business.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, government bodies, quangos and initiatives are constantly being rebranded.’
    • ‘Her salary compared poorly, in most cases, with those of other senior administrators in Scotland's quangos and arts bodies.’
    • ‘Elected assemblies will draw their powers mainly from central government, its agencies and quangos not from local government.’
    • ‘He sits on many influential health forums, quangos and charities, and donated £5,000 to the Labour Party last year.’
    • ‘Local authorities, health boards and quangos will also be expected to merge their administrative wings, to reduce duplication.’
    • ‘Councils, health boards and quangos all offer the promise of secure employment and - increasingly importantly - guaranteed pension deals.’
    • ‘The process has been taking place for some time with the growth of bureaucracy in national and local governments, plus quangos and large areas of administration like the European Union.’
    • ‘However, government ministers, the devolved assemblies, local authorities, quangos and all public bodies will be subject to the Convention.’
    • ‘He has now written to the Learning and Skills Council, the government quango responsible for over-16s education, to ask them to look at the anomaly.’
    • ‘It was in quangos and organizations outside the direct control of the government that women activists were most successful in struggling for better economic and political opportunities.’
    • ‘The word among property agents is that buildings are attracting just as much interest from government back offices and quangos as banks and fund managers.’
    • ‘Their frustrations and ire were directed at a dithering Government and bungling quangos, not those who promote the sport in this country.’
    • ‘Despite ministerial promises of rich pickings and public support from various quangos, it appears that only a few scraps will be handed out to Scottish firms.’
    • ‘Finally it also makes it far harder for quangos and lobbyists to influence government policy when any legislation can be easily derailed and brought to a popular vote.’
    • ‘And health provision is controlled by Swindon's primary care trust an unelected quango with councillors confined to an advisory role.’
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Origin

1970s (originally US): acronym from quasi (or quasi-autonomous) non-government(al) organization.

Pronunciation

quango

/ˈkwaNGɡō//ˈkwæŋɡoʊ/