Government by ‘Permanent Campaign’

  • Patrick Diamond


This chapter’s purpose is to examine how far Whitehall has been captured by the ethos of the ‘permanent campaign’. The concept of the ‘permanent campaign’ is centred on the idea that the government machinery should be used to advance partisan objectives, entrenching the electoral dominance of the governing party. Civil servants not only work for the government of the day, they respond to the demands of the political party in power. Under NPG, partisan campaigning and public administration are effectively merged. The separation of ‘politics’ from ‘administration’ elaborated by Weber in Politics as a Vocation has been egregiously undermined in the British machinery of government. The constitutional independence and authority of the permanent civil service is subject to unprecedented attack.


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  • Patrick Diamond
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  1. 1.School of Politics and International RelationsQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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