British Government in Crisis (Reprint Der Ers)
Christopher D. Foster (Author)
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DescriptionWhy are we badly governed? Why has a system of government - the envy of the world as recently as the 1970s - developed so many defects?
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
March 01, 2005
6.14 X 9.21 X 0.75 inches | 1.39 pounds
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About the Author
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.
"...serious and well researched." --The Sunday Times"...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." --Culture Wars Website "...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." --Frontline "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..." --PMPA "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." --The Guardian Public Magazine "...a wake-up call of a book" --The Independent "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." --Political Studies Review, Vol 4, No 2