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The Resource Policy-making in the treasury : explaining Britain's chosen path on European Economic and Monetary Union, Matthew Smith, (electronic book ;)

Policy-making in the treasury : explaining Britain's chosen path on European Economic and Monetary Union, Matthew Smith, (electronic book ;)

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Policy-making in the treasury : explaining Britain's chosen path on European Economic and Monetary Union
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Policy-making in the treasury
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explaining Britain's chosen path on European Economic and Monetary Union
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Matthew Smith
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Going behind the doors of the Treasury and Number 10, this book explores why successive British Prime Ministers from Callaghan to Blair have been hesitant towards European Economic and Monetary Union. It uses official documents and interviews with former ministers to understand discussions that took place at the heart of government.
  • 'This book challenges three decades of conventional political wisdom that government policy on the EU has been a series of lurches in the face of revolts or short-term crises. This book turns such assumptions on their head by revealing where policy development - and power - really lay throughout: in the Treasury. Unprecedented access to former ministers, officials and government papers, and all shrewdly analysed and engagingly written, has meant that Matthew Smith has achieved something unique: an account of what really went on behind the scenes at the heart of British government.' -Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor, The Times, UK This book will be of serious interest to all students, analysts and indeed anyone with an interest in British politics. It is underpinned by research based upon unique access to senior politicians and civil servants, as well as a range of key documents, and makes a considerable contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the machinery of government, and the functioning of the Treasury in relation to a pivotal policy issue. -Robert Pyper, Head of School of Social Sciences and Professor of Government and Public Policy, University of the West of Scotland, UK Matthew Smith provides a fascinating and immensely valuable account of what was going on in the Treasury while the political debates raged round and about over Britain's participation in Europe's moves towards monetary union. By showing the changing importance of Treasury analysis in the development of some of the most sensitive decisions taken by governments in recent years, Smith also advances considerably our understanding of the role of the civil service in policy making in Britain. -Edward Page, Sidney and Beatrice Webb Professor of Public Policy, Department of Government, London School of Economics, UK
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UK-WkNB
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Smith, Matthew
Dewey number
332.4566094
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Economic and Monetary Union
  • Monetary policy
  • Great Britain
  • European Union countries
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The arrival of European economic and monetary union (EMU) has been one of the biggest and most controversial issues that has confronted British politics in recent memory. Successive British governments from Callaghan to Blair and Conservative Prime Ministers in between have chosen a path that has placed Britain as the 'awkward partner' in Europe, and have often been accused of bending under the pressure of Euroscepticism either in their parties or the wider public. Through official government papers and interviews with former ministers and officials, this book goes behind the doors of the Treasury and Number 10 and reveals that policies were not shaped by Euroscepticism but rather primarily by repeated and methodical Treasury-led cost-benefit analysis of the EMU option. Furthermore, the findings of this book have real significance for our wider understanding of both the machinery of British government and the drivers of its relationship with Europe over recent decades
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Policy-making in the treasury : explaining Britain's chosen path on European Economic and Monetary Union, Matthew Smith, (electronic book ;)
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Contents
1. Introduction 2. Whitehall, the Treasury and Policy-making 3. The Callaghan Government and the ERM 4. The Thatcher Government and the ERM 5. The Thatcher Government and the ERM con/d 6. The Major Government and EMU at Maastricht 7. The Major Government and EMU at Maastricht con/d 8. The Blair Government and the Single Currency 9. The Blair Government and the Single Currency con/d 10. Conclusions
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9781137337047
Extent
264 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781137337047
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unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.
Label
Policy-making in the treasury : explaining Britain's chosen path on European Economic and Monetary Union, Matthew Smith, (electronic book ;)
Publication
Note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Contents
1. Introduction 2. Whitehall, the Treasury and Policy-making 3. The Callaghan Government and the ERM 4. The Thatcher Government and the ERM 5. The Thatcher Government and the ERM con/d 6. The Major Government and EMU at Maastricht 7. The Major Government and EMU at Maastricht con/d 8. The Blair Government and the Single Currency 9. The Blair Government and the Single Currency con/d 10. Conclusions
Control code
9781137337047
Extent
264 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9781137337047
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.

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