The emergence of the ‘public service ethos’

I am interested in analysing how self-interest and patronage was challenged by the advent of impartial inspectorates, public servants and local authorities in provincial Britain in the mid 19th century. Much work has been done on the emergence of a ‘liberal culture’ in the central civil service in Whitehall, but much work needs to be done on the motives, behaviour and mentalities of the newly reformed guardians of the poor, sanitary inspectors, factory and mines inspectors, education authorities, prison warders and the police. I am currently co-editing a collection entitled The Many Lives of Corruption in Modern Britain for Manchester University Press.

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Ian Cawood University of Stirling