Transforming British Government: Changing Institutions

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These two volumes have one simple objective--to provide a summary of the key findings of all the projects on the Economic and Social Research Council's Whitehall Program. The Program combined basic research on the evolution of British government with policy relevant research on contemporary practice in Britain and Europe. Volume 1 surveys the main institutional changes. Volume 2 examines the changing roles and relationships of the prime minister, ministers and civil servants. Edited by Rod Rhodes and written by a...
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Overview

These two volumes have one simple objective--to provide a summary of the key findings of all the projects on the Economic and Social Research Council's Whitehall Program. The Program combined basic research on the evolution of British government with policy relevant research on contemporary practice in Britain and Europe. Volume 1 surveys the main institutional changes. Volume 2 examines the changing roles and relationships of the prime minister, ministers and civil servants. Edited by Rod Rhodes and written by a team of distinguished political scientists and historians, these volumes provide authoritative account of how British government has changed over the past 50 years.
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The two volumes summarize the key findings of all the projects of the Economic and Social Research Council's Whitehall Programme, for which political scientists and historians combined research on the evolution of British government, with policy-relevant research on contemporary practice in Britain and Europe. Volume one examines the changing context of government, explores the historical development of key institutions, and focuses on the major institutional innovations of the past 25 years. Volume two covers changing roles and relationships. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312235840
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/4/2000
  • Series: Transforming Government Series
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

R. A. W. Rhodes is Professor of Political Research at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Director of Economics and Social Research Council's Whitehall Research Program.

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Table of Contents

The ESRC Whitehall Program: A Guide to Institutional Change--R. A. W. Rhodes
Part I: Context
Prime Ministers, Ministers and Civil Servants in the Core Executive--Martin Smith
The Europeanization of British Central Government--Simon Bulme & Martin Burch
Internal Control in the Executive and its Constitutional Significance--Alan Page & Terence Daintith
Bureaucratic Game Keeping: Regulation of UK Public Administration, 1976-96--Christopher Hood, Colin Scott & Oliver James
Part II: The World We Know
Modernizing Britain, 1957-1964: A Classic Case of Centralization and Fragmentation?--Rodney Lowe & Neil Rollings
Domesticating the 'Market Animal'?: The Treasury and the Bank of England, 1955-60--Astrid Ringe & Neil Rollings
The Organization of Central Government Departments: A History, 1964-1992--Ian McLean & Chris Clifford
The Development and Role of Cabinet Committees in Britain--Peter Catterall & Christopher Brady
The Evolving Prime Minister's Office, 1868-1997--June Burnham & G. W. Jones
Part III: Agencies
Agencies and Accountability--Brian W. Hogwood, David Judge & Murray McVicar
Accountability and Control in Next Steps Agencies--Neil C. Elder & Edward C. Page
The Politics of Managing the National Health Service--Patricia Day & Rudolf Klein
Interpreting British Government: The Governance Narrative--R. A. W. Rhodes
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