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This article asks who works in Whitehall today. We argue that there are points of consensus about the nature of ‘Whitehall’, including generalism, internal labour markets, Oxbridge education, and lifetime careers. An analysis of 306 biographies of the top team of the UK civil service, which goes...
This article focuses on the changing role of knowledge in education policy making within the knowledge society. Through an examination of key policy texts, the Scottish case of Integrated Children Services provision is used to exemplify this new trend. We discuss the ways in which knowledge is...
This article examines an unusual phenomenon — a basic British public service which has remained highly stable and ‘unreformed’ for the past thirty years. Civil registration (‘births, marriages and deaths’) touches all of us, but in 2006 was still operating very much along the lines laid down in...
This article is about the complex interplay between quality and risk in the context of care for older people in Scotland. We review relevant theoretical literature underpinning the concept of ‘quality’ and its relationship with ‘risk’ to discover a wide range of regulatory challenges related to...
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