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The Civil Service Since 1945. Making Contemporary Britain

  • ID: 2715388
  • Book
  • September 1995
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • 216 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book provides a succinct overview of the development of the civil service since the Second World War. Adopting a broad, historical approach, it assesses the changes in organization, structure and management of the Whitehall machine, alongside the continuities in the policy and practice of public administration. Kevin Theakston draws on the full range of recent scholarship, documents in the Public Record Office, and the many postwar official investigations and reports to provide a balanced analysis of the key themes and issues. The book will be welcomed by all interested in the development of public policy and administrations, and post–war British politics in general.
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1. Ministers and the Mandarins.

2. The Topmost Mandarins.

3. Business as Usual: The Civil Service in the 1940s and 1950s.

4. Reforming the Machine: Whitehall in the 1960s and 1970s.

5. The Civil Service at the Crossroads: Thatcher, Major and Whitehall since 1979.

6. Whitehall Accountability and Control.

7. Conclusion.

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Kevin Theakston
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