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The State as Cultural Practice$
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Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580750

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580750.001.0001

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Ministerial Ruling

Ministerial Ruling

(p.103) Chapter 6 Ministerial Ruling
The State as Cultural Practice

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R. A. W. Rhodes (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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