Professor George Jones

George Jones was Emeritus Professor of Government at the London School of Economics from 2003 until his death on 14 April 2017. He was also Professor of Government at LSE between 1976 and 2003. He authored, co-authored and edited a number of books, chapters and articles on British central and local government, including the biography of Herbert Morrison, B. Donoughue and G.W. Jones, ‘Herbert Morrison: Portrait of a Politician’ (London Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1973) and (London: Phoenix Press, 2001).

He wrote about advising the Prime Minister and Cabinet in J. M. Lee, G.W. Jones and J. Burnham, ‘At the Centre of Whitehall’ (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998); and edited a study of Prime Ministers in ‘West European Prime Ministers’ (London: Frank Cass, 1991). He wrote the first study of the private secretaries of prime ministers in G.W. Jones, “The Prime Ministers’ Secretaries: Politicians or Administrators?” in J.G. Griffith (ed.), ‘From Politics to Administration’ (London: Allen and Unwin, 1975). He co-authored, with Andrew Blick, ‘At Power’s Elbow: Aides to the Prime Minister from Robert Walpole to David Cameron’ (London: Biteback Publishing, 2013).

The Prime Ministers’ people: indispensable aides to three premiers

Behind every Prime Minister there are other people, 'at Power’s Elbow', never achieving the same acclaim or notoriety, yet indispensable to the very public figure they support. The British premiership has always been a group effort. This point can be …