Changing Patterns of Government: Reinventing Whitehall?

Changing Patterns of Government: Reinventing Whitehall?


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This is the first comprehensive examination of the changing relations between ministers and civil servants since 1979. Based on an original account of power within central government and drawing on evidence compiled from over one hundred and fifty interviews, this book provides unprecedented insight into the world of Whitehall. As well as exploring the impact of eighteen years of Conservative government, the authors also examine the external pressures exerted by factors such as the European Union. 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. Indeed, March, Richards and Smith demonstrate that departments continue to be key institutions in the policymaking process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333792896
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/02/2001
Series: Transforming Government
Edition description: 2001
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)
Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)

About the Author

DAVID MARSH is Professor of Politics at the University of Birmingham. Recent publications include Comparing Policy Networks.

DAVID RICHARDS is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Liverpool. Recent publications include The Civil Service Under the Conservatives.

MARTIN J. SMITH is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Recent publications include The Core Executive in Britain.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Culture and Power in Whitehall Structural Change in Central Government Departmental Cultures Departments and the Core Executive Reassessing the Role of Departmental Cabinet Ministers The Changing Relations between Ministers and Civil Servants The Departments' Relations Outside the Core Executive The Role of Europe Assessing the Differentiated Polity Model: Towards an Asymmetric Power Model Index

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