Changing Patterns of Governance in the United Kingdom: Reinventing Whitehall?

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This is the first comprehensive examination of the changing relations between ministers and civil servants in the UK since 1979. Drawing on evidence compiled from more than 150 interviews, this book provides unprecedented insight into the world of Conservative government. The authors also examine the external pressures exerted by factors such as the European Union, and they conclude by arguing that, despite recent claims about the end of the ...

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive examination of the changing relations between ministers and civil servants in the UK since 1979. Drawing on evidence compiled from more than 150 interviews, this book provides unprecedented insight into the world of Conservative government. The authors also examine the external pressures exerted by factors such as the European Union, and they conclude by arguing that, despite recent claims about the end of the Whitehall model, many of the old features of the British system remain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333792896
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Transforming Government Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 290
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

David Marsh is Professor of Politics at the University of Birmingham and the author of Comparing Policy Networks. David Richards is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool and the author of The Civil Service Under the Conservatives. Martin J. Smith is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and the author of The Core Executive in Britain.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 Culture and Power in Whitehall 14
3 Structural Change in Central Government 43
4 Departmental Cultures 69
5 Departments and the Core Executive 101
6 Reassessing the Role of Departmental Cabinet Ministers 132
7 The Changing Relations between Ministers and Civil Servants 155
8 The Departments' Relations Outside the Core Executive 181
9 The Role of Europe 209
10 Assessing the Differentiated Polity Model: towards an Asymmetric Power Model 232
App. on Methods 251
Bibliography 254
Index 268
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