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The Civil Service Today, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-631-18172-9
296 pages
April 1992, Wiley-Blackwell
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In this revised and enlarged edition of their established textbook, Gavin Drewry and Tony Butcher bring their wide-ranging, critical survey of the Britsh civil service fully up-to-date, concluding with an examination of the nature and significance of the 'Next Steps' programme which is currently transforming the structure and management of the civil service.
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Table of Contents



Prologue: Some Crises of the 1980s.

1. Charting the Territory.

2. How Things Came to Be.

3. Some Facts and Figures.

4. The Universal Department.

5. Recruitment and Training.

6. Conditions of Service.

7. The Working Context.

8. Ministers and Civil Servants.

9. The Public Face of Private Government.

10. Slimmer and Fitter: the Quest for Efficiency and Effectiveness.

11. The Civil Service at the Crossroads?.

12. The 'Next Steps' Programme.


Select Bibliography.


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Author Information

Gavin Drewry is Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Social Policy, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London.

Tony Butcher is Lecturer in Government in the Department of Social Science and Administration, Goldsmith's College, London.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • No other textbook on the civil service is as comprehensive and wide-ranging
  • Established textbook, now revised, enlarged and updated
  • The first edition was widely and very well reviewed.
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"Drewry and Butcher have written an invaluable guide to the civil service ... Teachers will be profoundly grateful for the thorough descriptive heart of the book." Parliamentary Affairs

"An excellent textbook." Public Administration

"An up-to-date textbook (which) provides a commentary of recent developments, and on the issues arising from them, that is balanced, acute and succinct." The Times Literary Supplement

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