The Constitution Unit


Other resources

Some of the best books, Institute for Government publications and Civil Service Learning material

    SPADs Book
    Special Advisers: Who they are, what they do and why they matter by Ben Yong and Robert Hazell (Hart, August 2014)
    ISBN: 978-1-84946-560-1

    People Who Live in the Dark by Andrew Blick (Politico's, 2004)

    ISBN: 978184275062

    Inside Out: In Defence of Special Advisers: Lessons from Personal Experience by Nick Hillman (IFG, March 2014)
    Special advisers and ministerial effectiveness: by Zoe Gruhn, Felicity Slater (IFG, October 2012)

    How to Be A Minister: A 21st Century Guide by John Hutton and Leigh Lewis (Biteback, 2014)

    ISBN: 9781849547321

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    The Challenge of Being a Minister by Peter Riddell, Zoe Gruhn, Liz Carolan (IFG, May 2011)

    House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee Special advisers in the thick of it (Sixth Report of Session 2012-13)

    The Blunders of our Governments by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe (Oneworld, 2013)

    ISBN 978-1-78074-266-3

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    Instruction to Deliver by Michael Barber (Politico's, 2007)

    ISBN 978-1-84275-210-4

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    Civil Service Learning

    Working with Ministers: A practical handbook on advising, briefing & drafting by Christopher Jary and revised by Laura Bryant-Smith (Crown, 2015)


    Who Governs Britain? by Anthony King (Penguin 2015) 

    ISBN 978-0141980652