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Ministerial Ruling

Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes

in The State as Cultural Practice

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580750
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723179 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580750.003.0006
Ministerial Ruling

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Part II explores rule, rationalities, and resistance. There is no one-to-one correspondence between these ‘3Rs’ and the individual chapters but there is a steady shift of emphasis from rule to rationalities to resistance. Chapter 6 looks at patterns of rule as they are understood by elite actors. It describes the everyday life of ministers through an account of their daily life in a British government department. It provides an interpretation of the Minister's interpretation of what the world looks like through his eyes. The chapter is based on fieldwork observations of their everyday office life; on what they said and did, on their reasons for their actions. We understand ‘ruling’ and, therefore, ‘the state’ through their eyes.

Keywords: observation; ministers; everyday life; government department; British Government; ruling

Chapter.  14656 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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