• Patrick Diamond


This introductory chapter outlines the book’s conceptual framework, clarifies the intellectual terrain, and then maps the period in which the traditional civil service model has allegedly been eclipsed. The chapter begins by addressing the origins of the Whitehall ‘paradigm’. The chapter then turns to the recent history of Whitehall reform through to the Conservative governments of David Cameron and Theresa May. Finally, the chapter considers the remorseless rise of the ‘New Political Governance’ (NPG) as the autonomy and independence of Whitehall’s bureaucrats was assailed.


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  • Patrick Diamond
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  1. 1.School of Politics and International RelationsQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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