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Special advisers : who they are, what they do and why they matter

Author: Ben Yong; Robert Hazell
Publisher: Oxford : Hart Publishing, 2014.
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"Viewers of The Thick of It will know of special advisers as spin doctors and political careerists. Several well-known ministers have been special advisers, among them David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Jack Straw and Vince Cable. People also know about the public relations disasters involving Jo Moore, Damian McBride and Adam Smith. But what is the reality? What do special advisers actually do in government? Who are they,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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All Authors / Contributors: Ben Yong; Robert Hazell
ISBN: 9781782254287 1782254285 1322343160 9781322343167
OCLC Number: 897466413
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Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Preface; Contents; List of Figures and Tables; 1 Why Study Special Advisers?; I. FOUR KEY QUESTIONS; II. SPECIAL ADVISERS: A DEFINITION; III. METHODOLOGY; IV. TERMINOLOGY; V. THE OUTLINE OF THE BOOK; 2 Special Advisers and British Government; I. MINISTERS, SPECIAL ADVISERS AND WHITEHALL; A. The Introduction of Special Advisers; B. Excursus: The Changing Centre, 1979-2013; C. The Slow Institutionalisation of Special Advisers; II. THEORY; III. CONCLUSION; 3 Who are Special Advisers?; INTRODUCTION; I. SPECIAL ADVISERS: A BRIEF PORTRAIT, 1979-2013. A. Numbers of Special AdvisersB. Basic Characteristics; C. Tenure, Ministers and Departments; II. RECRUITMENT: STRUCTURES AND FACTORS UNDERLYING SELECTION; A. Entering Government; B. In Government; C. Other Structural Factors Impacting on Recruitment; CONCLUSION; 4 What Special Advisers Do for Ministers; INTRODUCTION; I. WHY MINISTERS NEED ASSISTANCE; II. SUSPICION AND TRUST; III. ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE; IV. OVERLOAD; V. POLICY DELIVERY AND PROGRESS CHASING; VI. THE WORK OF DEPARTMENTAL SPECIAL ADVISERS; VII. VALUE ADDED; VIII. POWER AND INFLUENCE. IX. SPECIAL ADVISERS AT THE CENTRE OF GOVERNMENTA. Overload; B. Setting the Government's Direction; C. Step Change: Strategy, Delivery and Media; D. Variable Geometry; E. Finding the Right Levers; F. Ways of Working; G. Quality, Power and Risks; H. Overall Assessment; X. CONCLUSIONS; 5 Special Advisers and the Policy-Making Process; INTRODUCTION; I. OFFICIALS AND SPECIAL ADVISERS: THEIR RESPECTIVE ROLES IN POLICY MAKING; II. HOW WELL DO SPECIAL ADVISERS WORK WITH CIVIL SERVANTS IN POLICY MAKING?; A. Overall views; III. WHERE DO SPECIAL ADVISERS ADD REAL VALUE TO THE WORK OF OFFICIALS? IV. INTERACTION WITH THE CENTREV. THIRD-PARTY CONTACTS IN POLICY MAKING; VI. SOME SPECIFIC ISSUES IN THE POLICY-MAKING PROCESS; A. Special Advisers and Access to Ministers; B. Do Special Advisers Prevent or Promote the Politicisation of the Civil Service?; C. More Haste, Less Speed; D. Inexperience; VII. SOME CONCLUSIONS; A. Do Special Advisers Add Real Value to Policy Making in Whitehall?; B. But What are the Problems?; VIII. MOVING FORWARD; 6 Special Advisers and Communications; INTRODUCTION; I. MEDIA ADVISERS: WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY DO?; A. Strategy ... ; B. ... and Tactics. II. GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS: THE ORIGINS OF 'SPIN DOCTORS'III. THE CAMPBELL REVOLUTION; IV. MEDIA ADVISERS AND THE COALITION; V. SOME CONCLUDING REMARKS; 7 The Regulation, Accountabilities and Responsibilities of Special Advisers; INTRODUCTION; I. SPECIAL ADVISERS: A DISCIPLINARY PROBLEM?; II. THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND REGULATORY CONTEXT; III. ACCOUNTABILITY: THEORY AND PRACTICE; IV. POLICING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN SPECIAL ADVISERS AND CAREER CIVIL SERVANTS: POLITICISATION AND THE CAP; V. RESPONSIBILITY FOR EFFECTIVENESS: JOB DESCRIPTIONS, INDUCTION AND TRAINING; VI. CONCLUSION.
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