Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 06

The most important work on the core executive is by Burch and Holliday (1996); they have updated many of their findings in Burch and Holliday (2004). Smith (1999) reports detailed research on relations in the core executive. Mackintosh (1962), a work from an older tradition, is still the best historical study of the Cabinet. Hennessy (2000) is great, highly vivid and opinionated, on Prime Ministers since 1945. Foley (2000) is a provocative study of Prime Ministerial institutions. Kavanagh and Seldon (1999) is a study of an important neglected subject: the support behind the Prime Minister. Marsh, et al (2001) report important work on the reshaping of the Whitehall system. Smith and Richards (2000) uses the modern vocabulary of core executive to offer a comprehensive survey, while Theakston (1999) is also useful.

Richards (2007) is a study of New Labour, the civil service and the Westminster model. The two volumes collected by Rhodes (2000) report the most ambitious modern studies of how the centre of British government is changing. Kaufman (1997) is very entertaining, and instructive. Theakston (1987) is a study of a neglected group. The Hutton Report into the death of Dr David Kelly in 2003 was highly controversial; this has deflected attention from its importance as a very rich source on news management in the core executive, and much else: see Hutton 2004 and 2004a.

For this and the next chapter an invaluable journal (not confined to Britain) is Public Administration.

The best web site for this chapter is that provided by the Cabinet Office: www.Cabinet-Office.gov.uk.