The UK coalition and the civil service: A half-term report

Robert Pyper

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Drawing upon a range of policy documents, government papers and parliamentary reports, as well as published academic and think tank analyses, this article sets out the civil service inheritance bequeathed to the 2010 UK coalition government by its predecessors, examines the pre-election civil service policies of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, illustrates the policy challenges facing the civil service in serving two masters, and analyses the reasons for and early impact of organisational and leadership changes in Whitehall since 2010. The background to, and potential significance of, the 2012 Civil Service Reform Plan are set out. The article provides a succinct overview of the impact of the coalition government on Whitehall during the first two and a half years of its term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-382
Number of pages19
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • accountability
  • central administration
  • civil service
  • good governance
  • modernisation
  • policy making
  • public management
  • public sector reform


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