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LEE, John Michael, b 1932: Fulton Report papers


Reference code(s): GB 0097 COLL MISC 0817

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: LEE, John Michael, b 1932: Fulton Report papers

Date(s): 1967-1981

Level of description: collection

Extent: One box

Name of creator(s): Lee | John Michael | b 1932 | sociologist and historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Professor John Michael Lee (b 1932): Lee was educated at Christ Church Oxford. From 1958 to 1967 he was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in government at Manchester University. Lee went on an academic secondment to HM Treasury, 1967-1969. He was Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1969-1972, and Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, 1972-1981. He was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bristol, 1987-1990 (Professor of Politics, 1981-1992 and Emeritus Professor 1992). From 1993 to 1995 Lee was a Visiting Fellow for the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications include: "Social Leaders and Public Persons" (1963); "Colonial Development and Good Government" (1967); "African Armies and Civil Order" (1969); "The Churchill Coalition" (1980); "At the Centre of Whitehall (1998 with GW Jones and June Burnham).

The Fulton Report: In 1968 the Fulton Committee urged radical reform in the civil service, recommending the establishment of agencies through the subdivision of departments on a functional basis. Other Fulton report recommendations included the establishment of a civil service college, improving in-service training practices, and increasing the role of specialists. All centred on improving the quality of management in the civil service, as a means to increased efficiency and economy. The principle civil service reforms implemented since the early 1980s have their origins in the recommendations of the Fulton Report.


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Papers deposited by Professor Michael Lee relating to his work at the Treasury, 1967-1969, on the character and the organisation of the Civil Service following the report of the Fulton Committee on the British Civil Service, 1966-1968:
File 1. Notes, press cuttings and memoranda on ombudsmen and administrative law. Includes crown privilege, the parliamentary commission and extension of the ombudsman principle, 1967-1969.
File 2. Papers relating to the Fulton Report's comments on hierarchies in the civil service. Includes papers by the Board of Inland Revenue, Home Office, Ministry of Public Buildings and Works, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Scottish Office.
File 3. Character of the civil service, papers and memoranda, 1969.
File 4. Correspondence with Bridget Howard, Civil Service Department, re research into the Establishment Officer's Meeting, 1981.


Language/scripts of material: English

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In four files as given in scope and content.

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Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

Date(s) of descriptions: May 8, 2002

Civil service | Central government | Public administration | Government

Personal names
Lee | John Michael | b 1932 | sociologist and historian

Corporate names
Board of Inland Revenue
Fulton Committee
Home Office
Ministry of Housing
Ministry of Public Buildings and Works
Scottish Office