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Applying the Lessons of UK National Politics to Everyday Office Life

Learning from Cabinet Ministers and MPs

This book engagingly presents an intriguing account of many of the principles of UK government politics and how these have an important bearing on everyday office life as experienced by the working population. Here is a fascinating account of the findings of two former Cabinet ministers—Lords Blunkett and Baker—who were interviewed by the author. The overriding aim is to analyze the nature of ’politicking’ in central government and to apply the techniques and lessons of national politics to everyday office life. The author shows how Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair initially supposedly gave Baker and Blunkett considerable scope in introducing reform. He goes on to explain how the two peers give their critique on policy-making against a background which is of definite benefit to white collar office workers.

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction 1 Elective dictatorship 2 Interviews: Lord Baker and Lord Blunkett 3 Limitations on power 4 Exercises of power 5 Change and reform 6 Case study: the John Lewis Partnership Appendix Interviews with Lord (David) Blunkett and Lord (Kenneth) Baker

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