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Governments Under Stress: Political Executives and Key Bureaucrats in Washington, London, and Ottawa
Governments Under Stress: Political Executives and Key Bureaucrats in Washington, London, and Ottawa
By Colin Campbell
University of Toronto Press, 1983, 388 pp
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In this ambitious four-year project, a political scientist looks at the functioning of government, specifically the executive branch, in three democratic English-speaking countries, basing his work mainly on numerous interviews in depth. He does not deal with the process of foreign policy decision-making, but his probing of the interaction of institutions and individuals, especially the personalities and methods of the top political leaders-Carter, Callaghan and Trudeau, for example-throws light on where many of the problems lie in foreign as well as in domestic affairs.