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The Treasury and WhitehallThe Planning and Control of Public Expenditure, 1976–1993$
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Colin Thain and Maurice Wright

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277842.001.0001

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The Whitehall Expenditure Policy Network

The Whitehall Expenditure Policy Network

(p.166) 9 The Whitehall Expenditure Policy Network
The Treasury and Whitehall

Colin Thain

Maurice Wright

Oxford University Press

The Treasury and the spending departments have a dynamic relationship and this is explored in this chapter as it looks into the concepts of policy community and policy network that can be used to identify and characterize the principal players and their roles, and to explain the behavioural and policy ‘rules of the game’ regulating the relationships of spending departments and Treasury. Exchange of information is crucial and the communication channels to which decisions between officials are conveyed are examined. This is important especially in determining the robustness of a department's financial management and the reliability and quality of people running the organization. Credibility is established through information delivered in a two-way process in which Expenditure Controllers must be able to bring what is promised on a proposal and equally the Finance Division or Policy Division must also be reliable.

Keywords:   financial management, Treasury, policy community, Policy Division, Finance Division, policy network, spending departments, Expenditure Controllers, rules of the game

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