Mandarins as Managers

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI:
Mandarins as Managers

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This chapter describes and explains what happened in the decades since Richard Neustadt wrote. Neustadt was an American academic who arrived in Britain in the autumn of 1961. He wrote a conference paper called ‘White House and Whitehall’ which he wrote to characterize the relationship between senior British civil servants and the political masters they served. Meanwhile, the 20 years or so after the end of the Second World War have been described as ‘a mandarin ’s paradise,’ and in many ways they were. Except in the field of colonial and defense policy, ministers seldom sought to take major policy initiatives and senior civil servants were left to get on with it.

Keywords: mandarins; Richard Neustadt; American academic; Britain; conference paper; White House; Whitehall; British civil servants; Second World War; defense policy; civil servants

Chapter.  16014 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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