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Mariana Heredia1, Luisina Perelmiter, Perfiles Latinoamericanos 41 Beyond these observations, and for the reasons already mentioned, The book makes an original contribution, it is rigorous and highly stimulating for those interested in governance practices and shaping of its elites, even outside Britain.
Fran Thorn, President of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia One of the best books I have ever read about how the public service works.
Alistair Davey, Public Administration Rhodes skilfully paints a lucid picture of how beliefs and practices create meaning in politics, policy-making, and public service delivery. The reader is left with a firm impression of a story-telling political administrative elite that uses willed-ordinariness, underpinned by routines, rituals, protocols, and language, to domesticate the rude surprises that punctuate everyday government.
Andrew Connell, Political Studies Review Some will read this fine and engaging book for its sharp observation of ministers and their private offices at work. Others will value it as a detailed and methodologically explicit example of the value of observation as part of the political scholars tool-kit: indeed, it is an excellent case study in using ones research as a showcase or ones ontology and epistemology (in this case, an interpretivist position which emphasises the interaction of narratives and
Evert A. Lindquist, Cana dian Public Administration Rhodes' writing is personal, assertive, challenging, informed and always interesting.
Ludger Helms, Innsbruck Everyday Life in British Government by R.A.W. Rhodes, one of Britains foremost executive scholars, is both an important and a very personal book. This rare combination flows not just from the authors truly passionate interest in his subjects but also, and more importantly, from the particular methodological approach to studying British government ministers and civil servants used in this book.
Brian Peddie, Journal of the Law Society of Scotland describing government in terms of social research usefully highlights important yet usually overlooked aspects of how government works, such as the importance of networks (especially informal ones) and the representative role of top civil servants. Highly recommended.
Dr Steve Coulter, LSE blog one of the "must have" books on politics for 2011... a fascinating and surprisingly readable and entertaining book. Politicians and bureaucrats, believe it or not, are just like us - well maybe not quite. They swear, make mistakes, and bitch and gossip about each other and their enemies (usually the Treasury)... a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the Whitehall.
Ivor Gaber, Times Higher Education Rhodes has diligently recorded a wide range of exchanges and coversations with some of the big beasts of the Whitehall jungle, coming away with tasty little vignettes
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<br>R.A.W. Rhodes is is Professor of Government in the School of Government at the University of Tasmania and Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Newcastle. In addition, he is treasurer of the Australasian Political Studies Association, life Vice-President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in both Australia and Britain, and editor of Public Administration, 1986-2011. He was the Director of the UK Economic and Social Research Council's 'Whitehall Programme' (1994-1999); and of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University (2007-8). He is the author or editor of some 30 books including: The State as Cultural Practice (joint author, OUP 2010); Comparing Westminster (joint author, OUP 2009); Observing Government Elites (joint editor); The Oxford Handbook of PoliticalInstitutions (joint editor, OUP 2006), and Governance Stories (joint author).<br>
List of Table and Figures; Glossary; Preface and Acknowledgements; 1. Observing Government Elites; PART I: THE SETTING; 2. The Governmental Setting; 3. The Departmental Setting; PART II: THE ACTORS; 4. The Minister; 5. The Permanent Secretary; PART III: SCENES; 6. The Departmental Court; 7. Protocols, Rituals and Languages; 8. Networks and Governance; 9. The Resignation; 10. Willed Ordinariness, Being There, and Myths; Bibliography; Index