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Management Consultancy and the British State

A Historical Analysis Since 1960


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Antonio E. Weiss
    Pages 1-48
  3. Antonio E. Weiss
    Pages 49-95
  4. Antonio E. Weiss
    Pages 199-248
  5. Antonio E. Weiss
    Pages 249-267
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-355

About this book


This book traces the emergence and development of the relationship between management consultancies and the British state. It seeks to answer three questions: why were management consultants brought into the machinery of the state; how has state power been impacted by bringing profit-seeking actors into the machinery of the state; and how has the nature of management consultancy changed over time?

The book demonstrates the role consultants played in major developments in the postwar period. Specific case studies interrogate how consultancies influenced the policy fields of health service reform and social security benefits. This book will redefine debates amongst business historians and historians of the postwar British state about the nature of management consultancy and public sector reform.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LondonUK

About the authors

Antonio E. Weiss is a management writer and advisor. He is a Director at 2020 Delivery, one of the United Kingdom’s leading public service management consultancy firms. He has written for a number of publications, including the Financial TimesGuardianProspect, and been featured on BBC Radio 4 and other international media. He received his PhD in History from Birkbeck, University of London. He is also an elected local government councillor in a London borough in the UK.

Bibliographic information


“Antonio Weiss, himself a management consultant with 2020 Delivery, points out in his new and important book, academics have hitherto had ‘relatively little to say about the use of management consultants by the state’. The few researchers who have strayed into this area have adopted a simplistic viewpoint rather than an enquiring mind. … Weiss has unearthed many more of the facts and turned his research into a compelling narrative.” (Alan Leaman, CSW Civil Service World,, July 23, 2019)