Celebrating Northcote/Trevelyan: Dispelling the Myths

Greenaway, John (2004) Celebrating Northcote/Trevelyan: Dispelling the Myths. Public Policy and Administration, 19 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1749-4192

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The Northcote/Trevelyan report of 1854 is cited frequently, but it is not always properly understood in the context of its time. Various myths have grown up that have become entrenched in textbooks. Among them are the views that it founded the modem civil service; that it called for a unified civil service; that it established the cult of the generalist all rounder; that it aimed to promote the interests of the middle class as opposed to the aristocracy; and that it envisaged a clear distinction between political and administrative careers. This article seeks to dispel these myths by looking at the intentions of the reformers of the 1854. However, it is argued that Northcote/Trevelyan remains important in so far as its ideas dovetailed with many of the developments of the following decades.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies (former - to 2014)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:28
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9238
DOI: 10.1177/095207670401900101

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