White House and Whitehall

  • Richard E. Neustadt


‘Cabinet government’, so-called, as practised currently in the United Kingdom, differs in innumerable ways, some obvious, some subtle, from ‘presidential government’ in the United States. To ask what one can learn about our own machine by viewing theirs — which is the question posed for me this morning— may seem far-fetched, considering those differences. But actually the question is a good one. For the differences are matters of degree and not of kind.


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  1. 2.
    See for an example of a ‘frank’ political memoir, Hugh Dalton, Memoirs, vol. II: High Tide and After (London: Muller, 1962). For an example on the civil service side see Edward, Lord Bridges, The Treasury (New Whitehall Series No. 12; London: Allen &Unwin, 1964).Google Scholar
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    Sir Denis Brogan, ‘The Presidency’, in American Aspects (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964), pp. 5–6.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    Theodore Sorensen, Decision-Making in the White House (New York: Columbia, 1963), pp. 79–80.Google Scholar

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