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The Social Construction of Expertise: The English Civil Service and Its Influence, 1919–1939
by Gail Savage
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-8229-5596-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-7481-9 | Cloth: 978-0-8229-3904-7
Library of Congress Classification JN425.S28 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.76135441

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The British created a system wherein the social identity of civil servants clearly influenced their position on official matters. This privileged class set the tone for major policy decisions affecting all members of society.  Savage addresses this social construction of power by analyzing the social origins and career patterns of higher-level civil servants as a backdrop for investigating the way four different social service ministries formulated policies between the two World Wars: the Board of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Labour, and the Ministry of Health.
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