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Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister

Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister
Patrick Diamond

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Number Ten Downing Street and the Cabinet Office are at the apex of power in British government, but relatively little is known about the day to day functioning of these great institutions of state. Drawing on an unprecedented level of access and wide-ranging interviews with former ministers, senior civil servants and political advisers, Patrick Diamond examines the administrative and political machinery serving the Prime Minister. By exploring the ideological beliefs underpinning the policy-making process and in illuminating the importance of the British Political Tradition in shaping the institutions and practice of statecraft, this book reveals the contemporary realities of government and democracy in practice.

Author Info

Patrick Diamond is Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London and Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He was formerly Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street and Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. He is the co-author of Beyond New Labour; Social Justice in the Global Age; After the Third Way; and Global Europe, Social Europe.


'Diamond’s analysis is strongly-argued...'
Robin McGhee, Prospect

'This is an excellent account of New Labour’s governing philosophy. Patrick Diamond’s 'four phases of governance reform' are especially insightful in understanding New Labour’s management of the state and public services. He rightly highlights deep continuities in respect of England’s tradition of centralised politics and policy making, while acknowledging the variations on that theme.'
Andrew Adonis

'Patrick Diamond’s informed and perceptive study of changes in the pattern of government under New Labour raises big questions now in the coalition era about the traditional, and enduring, centralist Whitehall model, and about adapting ministerial/civil service relations. He is right that we may be witnessing only an initial phase in the reconstruction of the British state.'
Peter Riddell, Director of the Institute for Government

'Patrick Diamond has provided a groundbreaking book. Through detailed research with the key actors, he has provided a sophisticated understanding of how government worked in the Blair and Brown administrations. His analysis undermines many of the myths of the era and provide an incisive insight into how government really works.'
Martin Smith, Professor of Politics, University of York

'Patrick Diamond’s excellent book is a fascinating account of New Labour’s approach to government... His effective prose style, and deployment of example and anecdote, largely cuts through the surfeit of jargon in which books on this subject so frequently drown.'
Greg Rosen, Progress

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780765822
Publication Date: 31 May 2013
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 134

ISBN: 9781780765815
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2013
Number of Pages: 372
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: illustrations

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