The Private Government of Public Money: Community and Policy Inside British Politics

Heclo, Hugh and Aaron Wildavsky. The Private Government of Public Money. New York: Macmillan, 1974.

Little has been written that would tell anyone how the spending departments, Treasury officials and Cabinet members actually interact with each other and with the world outside to produce the mammoth pattern of public spending. Admirable historical work has given us some knowledge about the control of public monies during former centuries, but evidence on current practices is almost non-existent. The struggle for money continues today and remains as politically informative as ever. This book is about that struggle.

– From the publisher’s description.