© 2009

Ernest Gowers

Plain Words and Forgotten Deeds


Part of the Understanding Governance series book series (TRG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ann Scott
    Pages 1-6
  3. Ann Scott
    Pages 7-15
  4. Ann Scott
    Pages 16-32
  5. Ann Scott
    Pages 33-51
  6. Ann Scott
    Pages 77-90
  7. Ann Scott
    Pages 117-140
  8. Ann Scott
    Pages 141-153
  9. Ann Scott
    Pages 154-171
  10. Ann Scott
    Pages 172-187
  11. Ann Scott
    Pages 200-210
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 211-255

About this book


Draws on previously inaccessible family archives to penetrate the anonymity and public reticence of one of Britain's great twentieth century civil servants. Gowers was highly influential in public policy throughout his long civil service career, which began in 1903 and culminated in running London's civil defence throughout the Second World War.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social ScienceThe University of QueenslandAustralia

About the authors

ANN SCOTT is Adjunct Professor in Criminology at the University of Queensland, Australia and also lectures in public policy. She has degrees in education and government and was a civil servant in Queensland for 20 years, 10 as a senior executive in the Queensland Police Service. She holds the Australian Public Service Medal.

Bibliographic information


'a welcome and worthy addition to the literature.' Public Policy Administration