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Many within Britain consider their system of government as having developed numerous defects. This book examines many reasons for such development. Some factors are outside politicians' control: the globalization of economic activity; the changes in international politics after the end of Soviet Russia; the adverse consequences of more dominating and competitive media. Some other factors are widely recognized: the decline of the cabinet and the marginalizing of Parliament; the influence of spin on our political culture; the increased role of political and special advisers. But others are not as well understood. Among them are the decline in the authority of many ministers, the undermining of the constitutional position and consequent effectiveness of the civil service, the fragmentation of government and the public sector into a mass of bodies with complex but ill-defined relations between them, and the ramifying of a system of government which, despite its protestations, is less interested in delivering results than managing news. British Government in Crisis traces these developments, especially over the last 25 years, but most intensively since 1997. It considers possible alternatives in order to achieve a better British government which restores public confidence.

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Sir Christopher Foster taught at Oxford and LSE before moving into the City where he advised government on transport and privatization. He has been on the board of the Post Office and Railtrack, and has worked for several government Commissions.

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.serious and well researched. Simon Jenkins The Sunday Times April 2005 ...its analysis is cautious and sensible, and the crisis it describes is real.Sir Christopher Foster tells a fascinating story.He has an administrator's talent for writing a good brief, and a raconteur's ear for a good anecdote. Michael Savage Culture Wars Website June 2006 ...does more than describe and explain how and why things went wrong. Its excellent documentation makes it a work of reference....[Foster's] language has an elegance and simplicity which comes only from scholarship of a high order. A.G. Noorani Frontline October 2005 His book is a tour de force, and essential for anyone concerned about the institutions and processes of British government...dissection of defects is masterly...he backs his arguments with vivid examples drawn from his personal experience and observation... George Jones PMPA August 2005 The book is impressive in its scope, historical breadth, detail and the passion with which it describes the problems a fascinating account of some extremely important issues; it should be taken seriously by anyone concerned with the effectiveness of our governmental system - insiders and outsiders alike. William Plowden The Guardian Public Magazine April 2005 .a wake-up call of a book Andreas Whittam Smith The Independent April 2005 Heretically, I suggest that there are too few, not too many, special advisers in British government. The task is to nurture the likes of.Sir Christopher and get rid of the Bernard Inghams and Alastair Campbells. Iain McLean Political Studies Review, Vol 4, No 2 May 2006

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