The End of Whitehall? - Government by Permanent Campaign

by Patrick Diamond
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This Palgrave Policy Essential maps and assesses key changes in the Whitehall model over the last two decades. It argues that the traditional Whitehall model is being replaced by a system of ‘New Political Governance’ (NPG) centred on politicised campaigning; the growth of political advisory staff relative to the permanent civil service; the personalisation of bureaucratic appointments; and the creation of a government machine that is ‘promiscuously partisan’. It provides a snapshot of the institutional changes that are unfolding at a critical moment, as Whitehall prepares to support Ministers in carrying out the Brexit process while addressing a series of long-term structural challenges from the demographic pressures of the ageing society to the impact of climate change. Austerity since 2010 has had a further transformative effect on Whitehall, with drastic reductions in the civil service workforce, the restructuring of government agencies, and a reconfiguration of the traditional roles and responsibilities of the permanent civil service.


Patrick Diamond

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Illustrations Note:
VII, 106 p. 1 illus.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Government by ‘Permanent Campaign’
Chapter 3: The Growth of Political Advisory Staff
Chapter 4: The Personalisation of Appointments
Chapter 5: A ‘Promiscuously Partisan’ Bureaucracy
Chapter 6: Conclusion
Palgrave Policy Essentials are short books on a range of policy-relevant subjects, written in an accessible style

Authored by the former head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street

Argues that increasingly politicised campaigning, the growth of political advisory staff and changes to the apparatus of government are ushering out the Whitehall model of civil service

Takes account of the most recent developments in relation to the Whitehall model: the Brexit process, the impact of Austerity, and challenges such as climate change and an ageing society

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Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Patrick Diamond is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Patrick held a number of senior posts in British central government between 2000 and 2010, and was formally Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street. He was a local councillor in the London Borough of Southwark, and is Chair of the think-tank Policy Network, a member of the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation, and sits on the Scientific Council of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Patrick has contributed op-ed articles to the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Wall Street Journal, the Times Educational Supplement, the New Statesman, Progress, Renewal, and Tribune. He comments regularly on numerous national media outlets, and has given interviews on the BBC Radio Today programme, the Westminster Hour, Start the Week, Newsnight, Sky News with Adam Boulton, and CNBC news.
1st ed. 2019
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Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
August 1, 2018
Package Dimensions:
0.208 x 0.148 x 0.01 m; 0.18 kg
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