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Government and Expertise

Government and Expertise
Specialists, Administrators and Professionals, 1860–1919

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Roy Macleod, Gavin Drewry, R. A. Buchanan, Jill Pellew, Edward Higgs, Peter Bartrip, Christopher Hamlin, Anne Hardy, D. M. Schreuder, John Eddy, Meta Zimmeck, John Turner, Jose Harris, Oliver MacDonagh
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  • Date Published: February 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534505

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  • A generation has passed since the appearance of Oliver MacDonagh's article 'The Nineteenth-century Revolution in Government: A Reappraisal' (Historical Journal, 1958), which gave enormous impetus to the study of the 'silent revolution' that had overtaken Whitehall and Westminster between 1830 and 1914. Following MacDonagh, scholars have turned with fresh eyes to old sources - departmental archives, bill payers and private memoirs - to explore the ways and means by which the changes he described had occurred. This book offers selected perspectives on an important facet of new research into the administrative revolution: the idea of 'expertise', the role of 'experts' and of administrators and professionals in creating the technique of Victorian government. It also pays tribute to MacDonagh's seminal insight, in offering an indication of work in progress along a research front which now incorporates disciplines beyond administrative history in an international setting.

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    • Date Published: February 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534505
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 155 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Roy Macleod
    Part I. Ways and Means:
    1. Lawyers and statutory reform in Victorian government Gavin Drewry
    2. Engineers and government in nineteenth-century Britain R. A. Buchanan
    3. Law and order: expertise and the Victorian Home Office Jill Pellew
    4. The struggle for the occupational census, 1841–1911 Edward Higgs
    Part II. Professions and Powers:
    5. Expertise and the dangerous trades, 1875–1900 Peter Bartrip
    6. Politics and germ theories in Victorian Britain: the Metropolitan Water Commissions of 1867–9 and 1892–3 Christopher Hamlin
    7. Public health and the expert: the London Medical Officers of Health, 1856–1900 Anne Hardy
    Part III. Imperial Administrators and the Expertise of Empire:
    8. Ireland and the expertise of imperial administration D. M. Schreuder
    9. The technique of government: governing mid-Victorian Australia John Eddy
    Part IV. Clerks, Experts and Bureaucrats:
    10. The 'new woman' in the machinery of government: a spanner in the works? Meta Zimmeck
    11. 'Experts' and interests: David Lloyd George and the dilemmas of the expanding state, 1906–19 John Turner
    12. William Beveridge in Whitehall: maverick or mandarin? Jose Harris
    13. Envoi: humanity, economy, policy: on common sense and expertise in the life of Sir Jeremiah Fitzpatrick Oliver MacDonagh

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    Roy MacLeod


    Roy Macleod, Gavin Drewry, R. A. Buchanan, Jill Pellew, Edward Higgs, Peter Bartrip, Christopher Hamlin, Anne Hardy, D. M. Schreuder, John Eddy, Meta Zimmeck, John Turner, Jose Harris, Oliver MacDonagh

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