Lessons for Governmental Process

Michael Quinlan

in Hutton and Butler

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263297
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734519 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Lessons for Governmental Process

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This chapter examines the governmental process lessons that can be learned from the Hutton and Butler Reports. Though the Hutton and Butler inquiries were directly concerned with aspects of the Iraq saga, they had interest and significance reaching beyond the Iraq issue. This chapter explains that the inquiries prompted questions about the place of such investigations in British constitutional practice and that the unfettered access to information given to the investigators yielded an extraordinarily close and revealing portrait of how contemporary government at the centre of the British system has been functioning.

Keywords: Hutton Report; Butler Report; governmental process; Iraq saga; constitutional practice; British system

Chapter.  4146 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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