For many academics, party politicians and civil servants, the structural changes that the Thatcher and Major Governments made to the civil service were assaults on the Whitehall model that would have disastrous consequences. However, the worst fears were not realised and there was much cross-party consensus on the reforms by the time Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party. Yet there were problems, to which New Labour responded with its Modernising Government agenda. This chapter examines more closely the restructuring of the civil service and the distinctively different motivations that appeared to drive.
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