Efficiency and counter-revolution: connecting university and civil service reform in the 1850s

Ellis, Heather (2013) Efficiency and counter-revolution: connecting university and civil service reform in the 1850s. History of Education, 42 (1). pp. 23-44. ISSN 0046-760X

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Historians have often recognised important links between the processes of university and civil service reform in mid-nineteenth-century England. Yet such connections are usually seen as forming part of a wider project of modernising reform with any conservative or counter-revolutionary aims largely discounted. However, as this article suggests, the decision to tie success in the new examinations to a career at the ancient English universities was not designed chiefly to recruit the most efficient people (as the report itself claims) or to provide new employment opportunities for Oxbridge graduates. Rather, the reformers sought to take advantage of the socialising function of the universities, to ensure the recruitment of men of sterling moral character, reliable and loyal, into a civil service increasingly called upon to serve as a bulwark of the state at a time of social and political upheaval.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Hisotry of Education 14th September 2012 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0046760X.2012.697922
Keywords: university reform, leadership, civil service reform
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
L Education > LA History of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2013 09:19
Last Modified: 01 May 2014 07:56
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/63

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