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Britain's Modernised Civil Service : Contemporary Political Studies - June Burnham

Britain's Modernised Civil Service

Contemporary Political Studies

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Britain's Modernised Civil Service provides detailed analysis of the structure and operation of the modern civil service along with an historically grounded account of its development. Key events, personalities and scandals help bring the account to life and illuminate and challenge the various theories of what the civil service is or should be.

The authors take the evolutionary change of the civil service as a central theme and examine the impact of the major reforms of recent years on the historic Whitehall unitary model. They assess the impact of the New Public Management agenda of the Thatcher and Major years and the role of the Civil Service in the multi-governmental context of devolution and membership of the European Union. Further changes associated with New Labour such the increased role of think tanks, special advisers and the impact of the freedom of information act further sharpen the picture of today's civil service and lead to a rethinking of theories of its role.

This readable book by two leading authorities provides an up-to-date account of Britain's Civil Service that will be essential reading for students of British politics, public policy and management.

June Burnham is a researcher and consultant in the area of public services and public policy and formerly Senior Lecturer in European Government at Middlesex University.

Robert Pyper is Professor of Government and Public Management, and Head of the Division of Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is author of The British Civil Service for which this is a fully-revised replacement volume.


"[R]equired reading for scholars and practitioners alike... this book continues to maintain the high standards that have been set by its predecessors" - Paul Carmichael, Public Administration

List of Boxes, Figures and Tablesp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgementp. xii
Introduction: Mapping the Territoryp. 1
Key historical themesp. 5
Scope and sizep. 19
Some comparative reflectionsp. 24
The bookp. 26
Perspectives on 'Decline' and 'Modernisation'p. 31
The Whitehall model and theories of declinep. 32
Network theory, governance, hollowing-out and the differentiated polity: further visions of civil service decline?p. 45
Modernisation rather than decline?p. 52
Conclusionp. 55
Policy Issuesp. 57
Perspectives on policy and civil service powerp. 59
Squaring the circle? Constitutional rules on impartialityp. 68
Four risks of politicisationp. 75
The impact of special advisersp. 80
Conclusionp. 86
Multilevel Mandarins and Complex Structuresp. 89
From the unitary state to multilevel governancep. 89
The impact of devolutionp. 94
The European and international dimensionp. 102
Conclusion: a network of civil services?p. 118
Restructuring for Efficiency, Control and Deliveryp. 121
Restructuring for economy and efficiency in governmentp. 122
Restructuring for ministerial control of policy and deliveryp. 125
Customer service and privatisation in the Major governmentp. 131
New Labour: coordination and consolidationp. 139
Restructuring for efficiency and service deliveryp. 150
Conclusionp. 154
Accountability, Freedom of Information and Open Governmentp. 158
Beyond the Whitehall modelp. 158
Modernising ministerial responsibilityp. 165
A culture of official secrecyp. 168
Expanding civil service accountabilityp. 170
Managing openness: freedom of information and the civil servicep. 186
Conclusionp. 189
The Human and Managerial Dimensionp. 192
Recruitment of civil servantsp. 193
Qualifications, training and experiencep. 200
New people managementp. 205
The civil service as a model employerp. 214
Conclusionp. 222
Conclusion: The Modernised Civil Servicep. 225
Three views on the evolution of the British civil servicep. 227
Current issues for debatep. 229
Interpretations and future directionsp. 240
Referencesp. 249
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780333945339
ISBN-10: 0333945336
Series: Contemporary Political Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 275
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1