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By Simon James

ISBN-10: 0203201663

ISBN-13: 9780203201664

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ISBN-10: 0415113032

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This reader offers over seventy case stories of coverage making in Whitehall and Westminster, combining newspaper insurance, reliable records, educational research and the reminiscences of members. Simon James demonstrates a few of the ways that coverage originates, how it is formed inside of Whitehall, the various modes of parliamentary keep an eye on, and the issues of implementation and coverage overview. He illustrates civil servants' half in constructing coverage, ministers' kinfolk with their departments and their colleagues, and the position of the top minister and cupboard. Case reviews aid to check cupboard committees, the effect of strain teams and choose committees in addition to the results of autonomous inquiries, the influence of the ecu group and the restraining strength of parliament and the courts. The case reviews variety from nationwide controversies akin to the pits closure trouble and the "Satanic Verses" affair, via to the hidden part of coverage making together with offers struck with strain teams in Whitehall convention and wrangling in Brussels over the tax on whisky. Designed as a textbook for A-level scholars and undergraduates, "Policy Making within the British executive" offers a vast diversity of resource fabric and research that would be of price to scholars of British politics, coverage making and political associations.

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Where does this leave the cabinet? Until the 1980s it served mainly as a court of appeal, to which ministers who had lost at committee could bring their case. Although the weekly cabinet meeting received brief reports on foreign affairs and an outline of next week’s parliamentary business, and undoubtedly discussed key events, appeals took up most of its time. Margaret Thatcher, less tolerant of dissent, more or less prohibited appeals, but allowed the cabinet a weekly discussion of home affairs.

Due for publication in the autumn of 1984 it, too, never saw the light of day. Instead, after innumerable revisions, it finally emerged in April 1986 (Primary Health Care—an agenda for discussion) to be followed in November 1987 by a white paper (Promoting Better Health). Formal negotiations with the BMA on the white paper proposals began in March last year. There have been more than 20 meetings, well over 100 hours of negotiations with 33 papers produced by the department and five by the BMA. The actors 39 In February of this year, Clarke—by now secretary of state for health— finally ran out of patience.

The Minister must be presented with a definite proposal; he may or may not agree with it, but it concentrates the civil servant’s mind and his own; it shows for one thing that the proposal has been thought about seriously. When dealing with the normal kind of Minister of which I am talking, I would be sending in to him a number of files on all kinds of questions, some of them quite small matters, some of them quite big, some a particular aspect of something very big. I am now talking about the daily routine; for the really big issues there would be a lot of sitting round the table, discussion and so forth.

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