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Hutton and ButlerLifting the Lid on the Workings of Power$
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W. G. Runciman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263297

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263297.001.0001

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Lessons for Governmental Process

Lessons for Governmental Process

(p.115) Lessons for Governmental Process
Hutton and Butler

Michael Quinlan

British Academy

This chapter examines the governmental process lessons that can be learned from the Hutton and Butler Reports. Though the Hutton and Butler inquiries were directly concerned with aspects of the Iraq saga, they had interest and significance reaching beyond the Iraq issue. This chapter explains that the inquiries prompted questions about the place of such investigations in British constitutional practice and that the unfettered access to information given to the investigators yielded an extraordinarily close and revealing portrait of how contemporary government at the centre of the British system has been functioning.

Keywords:   Hutton Report, Butler Report, governmental process, Iraq saga, constitutional practice, British system

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