By R. A. W. Rhodes
In his interesting piece of political anthropology, Rod Rhodes uncovers precisely how the British political elite thinks and acts. Drawing on exceptional entry to ministers and senior civil servants in 3 govt departments, he solutions an easy query: 'what do they do?' at the foundation of in depth fieldwork, supplemented by means of revealing interviews, he attempts to seize the essence in their way of life. He describes the ministers' and everlasting secretaries' international via their very own eyes,
and explores how their ideals and practices serve to create which means in politics, coverage making, and public-service supply. He is going directly to study how such ideals and practices are embedded in traditions; in webs of protocols, rituals, and languages.
The tale he has to inform is dramatized via in-depth money owed of particular occasions to teach ministers and civil servants 'in action'. He demanding situations the normal constitutional, institutional, and managerial perspectives of British governance. as a substitute, he describes a storytelling political-administrative elite, with ideals and practices rooted within the Westminster version, which makes use of protocols and rituals to cultivate impolite surprises and take care of recurrent dilemmas.
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