The main theme of this book is the complex relationship between government servants and the world around them and this is explored in a number of ways. The essays include studies of the people who played an important part in the development of 19th century government: there is a chapter on the transmission of Benthamite ideas, an ccount of John Stuart Mill and his views on utilitarianism and bureaucracy, and of the work of Charles Trevelyan on the Northcote-Trevelyan Report. The Treasury, the Colonial and Foreign Offices, the Labour Department of the Board of Trade are also examined in relation to government growth in the period.
1. The Transmission of Benthamite Ideas 1820-1950 S. E. Finer 2.Utilitarianism and Bureaucracy: The View of J. S. Mill Alan Ryan 3. The Genesis of the Northcote-Trevelyan Report Jennifer Hart 4. New Roles for Old: The Northcote- Trevelyan Report and the Clerks of the Home office 1822-48 A. P. Donajgrodzki 5. Administrators in Education Before 1870: Patronage, Social Position and Role Richard Johnson 6. The Colonial Office and its Permanent Officials 1801-1914 R. C . Snelling and T. J. Barron 7. The Foreign Office Before 1914: A Study in Reisistance Valerie Cromwell and Zara S. Steiner 8. Treasury Control 1854 – 1914 Maurice Wright 9. Llewellyn Smith, the Labour Department and Government Growth 1886-1909 Roger Davidson 10. Administrators in Education After 1870: Patronage, Professionalism and Expertise Gillian Sutherland