The End of Whitehall? : Government by Permanent Campaign, Paperback / softback Book

The End of Whitehall? : Government by Permanent Campaign Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 106 pages, 1 Illustrations, black and white; VII, 106 p. 1 illus.
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
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  • Category: Political structures: democracy
  • ISBN: 9783319961002

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