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Title: Professionalism and the Millbank Tendency: The Political Sociology of New Labour's employees
Authors: Webb, P
Fisher, J
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Blackwell
Citation: Politics. 23 (1) 10-20
Abstract: This article analyses party employees, one of the most under-researched subjects in the study of British political parties. We draw on a blend of quantitative and qualitative data in order to shed light on the social and political profiles of Labour Party staff, and on the question of their professionalisation. The latter theme is developed through a model derived from the sociology of professions. While a relatively limited proportion of party employees conform to the pure ideal-type of professionalism, a considerably greater number manifest enough of the core characteristics of specialisation, commitment, mobility, autonomy and self-regulation to be reasonably described as 'professionals in pursuit of political outcomes'.
ISSN: 0263-3957
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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