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The British Constitution$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.001.0001

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Mandarins as Managers

Mandarins as Managers

(p.215) 9 Mandarins as Managers
The British Constitution

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

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

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