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Special advisers : who they are, what they do and why they matter / Ben Yong and Robert Hazell.

Author/Creator:
Yong, Ben, author.
Publication:
Oxford ; Portland : Hart Pub, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (304 p.)
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Subjects:
Government consultants.
Great Britain.
Language:
English
Summary:
"Viewers of The Thick of It will know of special advisers as spin doctors and political careerists. Several well-known ministers have been special advisers, among them David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Jack Straw and Vince Cable. People also know about the public relations disasters involving Jo Moore, Damian McBride and Adam Smith. But what is the reality? What do special advisers actually do in government? Who are they, where do they come from, and what do they go on to do? This book is the most detailed study yet carried out of special advisers. The Constitution Unit's research team, led by Dr Ben Yong and Professor Robert Hazell, assembled a comprehensive database of over 600 special advisers since 1979. They conducted written surveys, and interviewed over 100 special advisers, ministers and officials from the past thirty years. They conclude that special advisers are now a permanent and indispensable part of Whitehall, but are still treated as transient and temporary. The book concludes with practical recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of special advisers through improvements to their recruitment, induction and training, support and supervision, and strengthening their accountability."--Bloomsbury Publishing.
Contents:
1. Why Study Special Advisers?
Ben Yong
2. Special Advisers and British Government
Ben Yong
3. Who are Special Advisers?
Ben Yong
4. What Special Advisers Do for Ministers
David Laughrin
5. Special Advisers and the Policy-Making Process
Peter Waller
6. Special Advisers and Communications
Peter Waller
7. The Regulation, Accountabilities and Responsibilities of Special Advisers
Ben Yong
8. The Comparative Experience of Political Staff: Westminster Jurisdictions and Ministerial Cabinets
Ben Yong
9. Improving the Performance of Special Advisers
Robert Hazell
10. A Profession Comes of Age
Robert Hazell
Appendix 1: Methodology
Max Goplerud
Appendix 2: Further Work on the Distribution and Tenure
of Special Advisers
Max Goplerud
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Appendix 3: The Post-government Career of Special Advisers
Anna Sellers
Appendix 4: Biographies
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic reproduction. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015 Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
Contributor:
Hazell, Robert, editor.
ISBN:
1-5099-1388-2
1-4742-0103-2
1-78225-428-5
OCLC:
1154941602
Publisher Number:
10.5040/9781474201032 doi