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The end of the non political and career Civil Service in Britain ?

Sir Robert Armstrong, head of the Civil Service wrote : « The British Civil Service is a non-political and disciplined career service. » In doing so, he acknowledged the fact that recent events such as the Ponting affair, M. Peter Levene appointments’ had given rise to public discussions. Mrs. Thatcher is said to have politieized the top grades of the career Civil Service while the Civil Service unions are getting more and more involved in politics. The Prime Minister and some of the cabinet ministers have also appointed a handful of senior managers from the private sector to key positions in Whitehall. Meanwhile senior administrators as well as highly qualified specialists are leaving the service sometimes in midcareer. For all these reasons, the 1979-86 period may be crucial to the future of the non-political and disciplined career Civil Service.


Référence électonique : Yvonne FORTIN, "The end of the non political and career Civil Service in Britain ?", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°37, 37 - La Grande-Bretagne, p.71-86 . Consulté le 2021-06-14 10:31:11 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-end-of-the-non-political-and.html