Whitehall

Author and journalist Peter Hennessy described the British civil service in his book Whitehall. Whitehall, the name the British call their civil service,… read more

Author and journalist Peter Hennessy described

the British civil service in his book Whitehall. Whitehall, the

name the British call their civil service, derives from Whitehall Palace where many government offices were housed. The civil service is traditionally a very

behind-the-scenes organization. Hennessy broke tradition by

examining the lives and influence of 19th and early 20th century

career civil servants in the public eye.

British civil servants, unlike their U.S. counterparts, keep their

positions when the government changes. Hennessy, who has reported on

the British service since the early 1970s, additionally examined the

“code of honor” that has been a part of civil service culture.

Whitehall was rocked in the 1970s after a number of corruption cases

were discovered. Hennessy finished the interview talking of the

civil service today and its evolution under Prime Minister Margaret

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Program ID:
10035-1
Category:
Booknotes
Format:
Booknotes
Location:
London, United Kingdom
First Aired:
Nov 26, 1989 | 7:59pm EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Oct 30, 2006 | 2:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3

Airing Details

  • Nov 26, 1989 | 7:59pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 27, 1989 | 12:08am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 27, 1989 | 3:24am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 27, 1989 | 6:15am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 27, 1989 | 3:01pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 16, 2005 | 12:59am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 19, 2005 | 12:59am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 20, 2005 | 12:59pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 30, 2006 | 2:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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