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The End of Whitehall: Death of a Paradigm?

The End of Whitehall: Death of a Paradigm?

Colin Campbell, Graham Wilson

ISBN: 978-1-557-86140-5 November 1995 Wiley-Blackwell 360 Pages


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In this new work, two leading political scientists reassess the shifting fortunes of the Whitehall model of governance - and find it wanting.
As we prepare to enter the twenty-first century, it has become clear that the model now has much less currency abroad as well as in the UK. The neo-liberal assaults of Thatcherism and the political drift of the Major years has meant that whereas, previously, 'Whitehall' symbolized a synergy between the political leadership and the permanent bureaucracy, it now evokes images of executive disarray and the subservience of career civil servants to the (often faddish) will of their political masters.
Series Editor's Preface.


1. The Force of the Whitehall Model in the World of Executive - Bureaucratic Politics.

2. Bureaucrats and Politicians in Britain: The Model Breaks.

3. Executive Leadership in the Age of Minimalism: A Comparative Perspective.

4. Leadership under Thatcher and Major and the Legacy of Neo-Liberalism.

5. The Decline of Coherence and Consistency as Political-Administrative Goals: A Comparative Perspective.

6. A Paragon Lost?.

7. Whither Accountability?.

8. The Post-Whitehall Era.



* Based on over 150 interviews conducted with top officials and ministers.
* Clear theoretical perspective.
* A genuinely comparative perspective based on knowledge of the USA and other Whitehall models.