Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-288) and index.
1. Introduction. 2. Shaping the Centre -- Pt. I. Supporting the Prime Minister. 3. The Prime Minister's Office: The Overall Picture. 4. The Private Office. 5. The Press Office. 6. The Political Office. 7. The Policy Unit and Other Policy Advisers -- Pt. II. Managing Government Business. 8. The Administrative Setting of Cabinet Responsibilities. 9. Servicing Cabinet and its Committees. 10. Inquiry and Analysis. 11. The 'Sinecure' Ministers. 12. Organizing and Managing the Civil Service. 13. Conclusion.