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Policy Bureaucracy: Government with a Cast of Thousands

Edward C Page and Bill Jenkins


Policy-making is not only about the cut and thrust of politics. It is also a bureaucratic activity. Long before laws are drafted, policy commitments made, or groups consulted on government proposals, officials will have been working away to shape the policy into a form in which it can be presented to ministers and the outside world. Policy bureaucracies — parts of government organisations with specific responsibility for maintaining and developing policy — have to be mobilised before most significant policy initiatives are launched. This book describes the range of work policy officials do. Th ... More

Keywords: policy-making, Great Britain, bureaucratic activity, government proposals, ministers, civil servants, manifesto commitment, Labour Party, grants, Secretary of State

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward C Page, author
Sidney and Beatrice Webb Professor of Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Bill Jenkins, author
Professor of Public Policy and Management, University of Kent at Canterbury