© 2007

Observing Government Elites

Up Close and Personal

  • R. A. W. Rhodes
  • Paul ’t Hart
  • Mirko Noordegraaf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Being There

    1. R. A. W. Rhodes, Paul ’t Hart, Mirko Noordegraaf
      Pages 1-17
  3. Observing at Home: National and Local Elites

  4. Observing Across Borders: Eurocratic Elites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Karin Geuijen, Paul ’t Hart, Kutsal Yesilkagit
      Pages 131-159
    3. R. A. W. Rhodes, Paul ’t Hart, Mirko Noordegraaf
      Pages 206-233
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 234-245

About this book


This book focuses on the everyday life of ministers and senior public servants in different countries, describing the world through their eyes. It explores how their beliefs, practices and traditions create meaning in politics and public policy making. It provides unique data on life of politicians and practical advice on how to conduct fieldwork.


desegregation European integration European policy European Union (EU) Government Policy politics

Editors and affiliations

  • R. A. W. Rhodes
    • 1
  • Paul ’t Hart
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mirko Noordegraaf
    • 3
  1. 1.Research School of Social SciencesAustralian National UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

About the editors

KARIN GEUIJEN Lecturer in Organizational Culture, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, The Netherlands P. O. NORRELL Associate Professor of Public Administration, Karlstad University, Sweden CRIS SHORE Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, New Zealand RENITA THEDVALL Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE), Stockholm University, Sweden KUTSAL YESILKAGIT Postdoctoral Researcher, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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'This volume provides a distinctive and innovative insight into...important issues based on ethnographic approaches that political scientists typically eschew. The scholarship is uniformly high, as would be expected from such a distinguished cohort of contributors. I would have no hesitation in recommending this work to all scholars with an interest in the broad field.' - Michael Cole, University of Liverpool, Political Studies Review