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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263198

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.001.0001

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The Civil Service

The Civil Service

Chapter:
(p.237) 7. The Civil Service
Source:
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century
Author(s):

Vernon Bogdanor

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.003.0007

This chapter examines the history of the civil service in Great Britain. It suggests that the revolution in Whitehall during the last two decades of the twentieth century transformed the civil service, and that many of the public utilities nationalised by the post-war Attlee government were privatised. Other major changes include the reduction in the size of the civil service and the application of market disciplines to it.

Keywords:   civil service, Great Britain, Whitehall, public utilities, post-war government, market disciplines

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