Civil Service Commission 1855-1991
A Bureau Biography
By (author) Prof. Richard A. Chapman
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Civil Service Commission 1855-1991 by Prof. Richard A. Chapman
Book DescriptionThe Civil Service Commision was created in 1855 and became the key institution in the development of the British civil service. Its work was primarily the recruitment of civil servants by fair methods, treating all qualified applicants equally, and using open competitions wherever practicable. It was held in high esteem not only in the United Kingdom but also in the many other countries throughout the world which, in many places, modelled their methods of public service recruitment on its pioneering work. It continued until 1991, when most of its work was devolved to over 3,000 government departments and executive agencies. This book describes the gestation, growth, development and eventual demise of the Commision and includes a number of in-depth case studies. Using source material such as official files, many only recently available for research, together with other records and evidence to official committees, the book provides a biography of an institution. It shows how the department was formally organised and there is a particular focus on how it actually worked on a day-to-day basis. With three in-depth chapters on the chronological development of the Commision and seven case studies of themes or issues that reveal methods of work and influences on its activities, this book uses file-based research more extensively than any other history of a British government department. The Civil Service Commision, 1855-1991 reveals insights into civil service recruitment and makes a major original contribution to our understanding of the practice and politics of public administration.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714653402
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Frank Cass Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Prof. Richard A. Chapman
Open Government, Paperback (February 2013)
First published in 1987 this text considers the practical implications of increasing public access to official information in Britain, both from the perspective of increasing Freedom of Information and reforming Section 2 of the Official Secrets Act.
Leadership in the British Civil Service, Paperback (February 2013)
First published in 1984, this text examines the style of leadership amongst senior civil servants and its impact on administrative reform by investigating the work of Sir Percival Waterfield who was First Civil Service Commissioner from 1939 to 1951.
Decision Making, Paperback (February 2013)
Originally published in 1968, Richard Chapman's pioneering work illuminates the process of decision making by analysis of a particular example: the decision to raise the Bank Rate in September, 1957.
Ethics in the British Civil Service, Hardback (March 2011)» View all books by Prof. Richard A. Chapman
This text is about the application of moral standards in the course of official work in the British civil service. It approaches the subject by examining the career of Sir Edward Bridges, Head of the Civil Service from 1945 to 1956.
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Author Biography - Prof. Richard A. Chapman
Richard A. Chapman is Emeritus Professor of Politics in the Durham Business School. He previously taught at Carleton University, Canada and the universities of Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Durham. He is foundation Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. His previous books include Ethics in the British Civil Service (1988), The Treasury in Public Policy-Making (1997) and Leadership in the British Civil Service (1984)
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