First published in 1963, Edgar Anstey’s work gives a detailed account on the inner workings of the committee. Within a committee, different interests nearly always need to be represented when a decision must be taken, and contributions are required from people of different outlook or expert knowledge. A committee is often the only means of achieving a workable solution to a problem. This book attempts to analyse the functioning of different kinds of committee groups and to bring out the factors which make for efficiency and inefficiency. Types of committee and their purpose are discussed, as well as how to lead a discussion to bring out a genuine group view, the roles of chairman and secretary, how individuals influence committee decisions, good and bad tactics, and how to deal with difficult members.


chapter 1|2 pages

Scope of the Book

chapter 3|7 pages

Composition of Committees

chapter 4|11 pages

Committee Methods

chapter 5|14 pages

Training in Committee Work

chapter 6|16 pages

Role of the Chairman

chapter 7|5 pages

Advice to a New Member

chapter 8|7 pages

Influencing Other People

chapter 9|6 pages

The Secretary’s Duties

chapter 10|4 pages

Minutes and Reports