It took far longer than I intended but, at last, it is out.
As citizens, why do we care about the everyday life of ministers and civil servants? We care because the decisions of the great and the good affect all our lives for good or ill. For all their personal, political, and policy failings and foibles, they make a difference. So, we want to know what ministers and bureaucrats do, why, and how. We are interested in their beliefs and practices. This book ploughs virgin territory in the analysis of British central government because it is an exercise in political anthropology. It reports on the shadowing of ministers and senior civil servants in three British government departments and seeks to answer the question ‘what do they do?’ and to describe their everyday life.